Ticket tout banned from Spurs match days

Tottenham Hotspur stadium Credit: Stephen Furner

A prolific tout has been told he must stay at least one mile away from Tottenham Hotspur’s ground on match days after being spotted illegally selling tickets at inflated prices.

Stephen Corrigan, 35, was also told he cannot attend any UK football match under the three-year Football Banning Order and will have to hand his passport into police when England play abroad, if required.

The order – the first of its type that Haringey Council and Tottenham Hotspur have applied for together – was made by magistrates on 8th April.

It follows joint operations by the council and the club to clamp down on ticket touts in the area.

The order comes after Corrigan – who does not have a license to trade – was spotted on various occasions selling tickets at prices higher than their face value in the borough, including for the Spurs vs Leipzig LB game in February 2020.

There, he was spotted selling tickets to two fans ahead of the match and when council officers and police approached him, he ran into a betting shop.

Inside, the person who bought the tickets confirmed Corrigan had sold him two for £140. Police then searched Corrigan, found the cash and handed it back to the victim before seizing the tickets.

Corrigan was issued with a Community Protection Warning Notice by the police and informed he would be reported for unlicensed street trading.

The court heard that Corrigan, of Borehamwood, Herts, was known to Haringey Council as he had previously been spotted selling tickets including during October 2019.

On this occasion, he was selling tickets for an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

At the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court hearing, Corrigan was also fined £240 and ordered to pay £100 costs after admitting two charges of unlicensed street trading.

A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “Ticket touts are an issue at every major football club and we are pleased to work with Tottenham Hotspur to clamp down on this kind of illegal activity.

“We would warn people to only purchase tickets from a reputable seller as if you buy from a tout it could be fraudulent, invalid, or even already used that day meaning that you could end up seriously out of pocket and unable to see your team play.”

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