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Qatar 2023: Three World Cup Ticket Touts Arrested

Qatar has announced its first arrests of World Cup ticket touts on Monday, with three foreign men detained outside official ticketing centres in Doha.

Six days from the start of the tournament, the interior ministry said, “three people of different nationalities” were arrested and now face criminal proceedings. Those arrested could face fines of up to 250,000 riyals ($68,000) for each ticket they were found to have sold.

The ministry released a statement on Twitter but did not specify the nationalities of those arrested, only stating the men were caught “reselling tickets” outside “official outlets.”

Queues form daily outside FIFA’s main ticketing centre in central Doha, with people hoping to purchase sought-after match tickets.

 FIFA and the Qatar government repeatedly warn about fake World Cup merchandise.

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