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VILLA SPOT BIG RACKET IN TICKETS; Tip-off uncovers voucher forgeries.

Byline: by JOHN SCOTT

ASTON VILLA have uncovered a forgers ring aimed at creaming off thousands of League Cup Final tickets for the black market.

A tip-off to the club's programme distribution department warned of the forgeries only hours before tickets for the game went on saie at Villa Park today.

And within minutes a young 5irl tried to pass over 17 forced vouchers For a pounds 1.50 Wembley terrace ticket.

The forgets have tried lo ropy llu' vouchers included in the programmes for all Aston Villa homo dairies which have to he presented when a fun applies for a Cup Final ticket.

1,500 sold

But they have made one tell-tale slip that elows club officials to spm the forgeries.

Ticket staff at the ground were told about the blunder before snles started today.

But Aston Villa dub secretary Mr. Alan Bqnett admitted this afternoon; If it had not been for the anonymous lip-Off ihcn we would never have spotted the forger its."

He added: "The forgeries are very good but fortunately not quite good enough."

Inquiries

Aston Villa have a 30400 ticket allocation Mr. Btnncit said: "We are determined that they will to in our real fans"

One of the systems devised by the club to ensure this was the programme voucher scheme

Detective Supt Colin Holloway, head of Aston CID. said this afternoon: "We are making inquiries into these Forgeries.

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The Cup KInul voucher in last Saturday's Villa programme.
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