FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017​: Javier Ceppi says he is 'personally hurt' by incidents of tickets being sold in black market

'I really don't like such an incident. It hurts from a personal point of view. Nobody has the right to do that,' said Ceppi.

PTI October 16, 2017 13:57:58 IST
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017​:  Javier Ceppi says he is 'personally hurt' by incidents of tickets being sold in black market

Kolkata: The FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi on Sunday condemned the incident of tickets being sold on black market with as many as seven volunteers associated with event being arrested by the local police.

"I really don't like such an incident. It hurts from a personal point of view. Nobody has the right to do that," Ceppi told media-persons on Sunday.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017  Javier Ceppi says he is personally hurt by incidents of tickets being sold in black market

File image of Javier Ceppi. AFP

However he also urged media not to portray all volunteers in poor light as it is a case of a few rotten eggs.

"Volunteers are blood of our organisation. It doesn't reflect the LOC as only two or three such bad elements are there. We have taken a strong stand and we take it very seriously. Two or three rotten eggs don't reflect what our organisation stands for," Ceppi said.

On Saturday, police arrested seven persons including three volunteers of the FIFA U-17 World Cup from near the Salt Lake Stadium in Bidhan Nagar area.

Acting on a tip-off, the Bidhan Nagar police nabbed all the seven when they were busy selling tickets at a rate much higher than marked price, sources said.

Some of the arrested were also allegedly found in an inebriated state, the sources added.

This is first such instance in Kolkata since the beginning of FIFA U-17 World Cup on 8 October in the city, where arrests were made for black marketing tickets of this international event.

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