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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 14:55 GMT


Sport: Football

Officials suspended over tickets wrangle

The council said the suspensions were a "precautionary measure"

Glasgow City Council has suspended three senior members of staff following the Scotland v England ticket sale fiasco.

A spokesman for the local authority has confirmed that the move had been taken as a "precautionary measure" pending an internal inquiry.

He refused to name the officials or specify what positions they hold within the council.

Internal lines

The action follows the controversial sale of tickets for the Hampden leg of the crucial Euro 2000 playoff.

About 250 council staff used internal lines to get around the logjam of calls to the official ticket sales system, which was being operated by the local authority.


[ image: Staff were told they could get the tickets]
Staff were told they could get the tickets
Embarrassed council chiefs apologised for the queue-jumping and said all the tickets purchased in such a way would be returned to the Scottish Football Association.

But public sector union Unison successfully won a court order preventing the council from doing anything with the tickets other than ensuring they go to those who bought them.

The union had threatened to call in the police if staff did not get the tickets, claiming such a move would amount to theft.

The council is still unable to say how many places were booked through the internal phone lines but it is believed about 50 staff have voluntarily given up their match seats.

Dogged by controversy

The authority's leaders hope other workers who benefited from the fast-track will also hand back their tickets.

The "auld enemy" clash has been dogged by controversy.

The SFA admitted it did not sell all of its 14,000 allocated tickets to the general public.

The organisation's David Taylor admitted that just 8,000 of the full allocation were sold through the hotline.

He apologised for the confusion over numbers but said the organisation had not set out to deliberately mislead the public.



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