Football: Fears grow as touts cash in

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The Independent Online
Fears of trouble flaring during England's World Cup decider against Italy tonight grew yesterday when touts were seen openly selling tickets to England fans outside Rome's Olympic Stadium. One party of supporters from Rochdale bought up to 20 tickets as 10,000 English fans began to gather in the city.

In the middle of Rome a tout with an east London accent was offering English fans "as many tickets as you like" in the sections of the stadium reserved for Italians. Some tickets were being offered for pounds 150, others surprisingly for as little as pounds 20.

There are also concerns that the seating arrangements, with fans from opposing sides close together, could lead to trouble.

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