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Amlin Challenge Cup Final 17/5/2013

Leinster vs Stade Francais Paris

General view of the RDS 

Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Amlin Challenge Cup Final 17/5/2013 Leinster vs Stade Francais Paris General view of the RDS Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

?INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Amlin Challenge Cup Final 17/5/2013 Leinster vs Stade Francais Paris General view of the RDS Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Angry Ulster Rugby fans have hit out after it emerged tickets for this weekend's big game are being flogged by an online site at four times their face value.

The last seats at Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final against Leinster sold out yesterday, with many supporters missing out.

Disappointment has turned to anger after it emerged tickets are still available online at vastly inflated prices.

Needaticket.ie, a secondary ticket seller, was offering seats in the grandstand last night at €170 (£143) each – up to four times their €40 (£33) to €60 (£50) face value.

Tickets for behind the goals were on offer for €130 (£109) – over four times their official €30 (£25) price.

Others are being sold at inflated prices on eBay.

Fans took to internet forums to vent their anger.

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One said: "I'd like to think anyone touting will get burned, but I fear the demand from Leinster may be high enough for someone to make a few euros profit."

A second said: "Complete disgrace. Disgusting to think others are profiting at the expense of ordinary supporters."

It will raise more questions as to why Ulster Rugby bosses, who nominated the RDS as the 'home' venue for the final, did not opt for the 50,000-plus Aviva Stadium.

The controversial decision meant Ulster were handed just 9,000 tickets – despite taking around 20,000 to London for the recent Heineken Cup quarter-final.

The Aviva-hosted semi-final game of the same competition against Edinburgh last year drew 40,000 fans from north of the border.

The Belfast Telegraph contacted Needaticket.ie yesterday for comment, but did not receive a response.

Its website states: "We specialise in the supply of tickets to premium Irish events.

"We offer a local knowledge of venues and aim to provide the customer with the best possible seats to any Irish event."

There is a link where fans can sell tickets to the site.

On Saturday's final, it adds: "Needaticket has a range of tickets available for this event".

Tickets went on sale to season-ticket holders last week but the vast majority were snapped up.

The remaining 200 went on general sale yesterday but sold out in minutes.

Many Leinster fans also face missing out on tickets.

Having beaten Leinster at the RDS earlier this year, confidence is high in the Ulster camp of a repeat result in the final.


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