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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 12:58 GMT
Ticket chief resigns after World Cup fiasco
Fans were delighted when "forgotten" tickets went on sale

The ticket manager at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has resigned a month after being suspended after the ticket fiasco that blighted the opening week of the Rugby World Cup.

Manager Richard Wright and his assistant were suspended last month after a full-scale investigation was launched by the Welsh Rugby Union.

A spokesman for the WRU said Mr Wright had resigned although the investigation is continuing into the problems.

Fans snapped up the unsold seats
The probe is being led by Millennium Stadium manager Bob Evans, former acting Chief Constable of South Wales police.

The deputy ticket manager Andrew Lade is still suspended.

WRU chiefs said disciplinary action may follow the results of the investigation.

Each of the first five games at the new 72,500 capacity stadium was plagued with ticketing problems.

At the opening game of the World Cup against Argentina 200 seats were left unsold - until the empty rows were spotted just before kick-off.

Other fans reported that a glut of duplicate tickets had issued for the some seats in the stadium - leaving two people with genuine claims on the same seat.

Minister: 'Serious problem'

Consumer Affairs Minister and Pontypridd MP Kim Howells said at the time he was particularly concerned at the duplication of tickets.

"There is a serious problem here in division of management," he said.

"There are too many managers, the lines have got confused. In a sense it smacks of a kind of amateurism.

"I'm very concerned about this double booking. If people pay 45 or 60 for a ticket and someone's already in the seat there's nothing that they can do."


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