Monday, 5 July 2021
Sale of Tickets (Cultural, Entertainment, Recreational and Sporting Events) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages
As I said on Second Stage, these amendments delete references to UEFA Euro 2020 tickets or ticket packages, including technical amendments that must be made as a consequence of the removal of the provisions relating to the UEFA Euro 2020 football championships. The Bill currently includes a provision in section 20 banning the unauthorised sale or advertisements for sale of UEFA Euro 2020 tickets or ticket packages for matches or official events during the rescheduled Euro 2020 football championship. Its inclusion stems from a Government commitment given to UEFA as part of the bid for hosting a number of matches during the tournament in Dublin. No matches were held in Dublin due to the pandemic and it now transpires that the legislation will not be enacted and commenced before the end of the Euro 2020 tournament on 11 July. Therefore, there is no reason to retain provisions relating to Euro 2020 as part of the Bill. The Government is proposing to move an amendment in this House to remove the provisions relating to UEFA Euro 2020 tickets or ticket packages in section 20. References to UEFA Euro 2020 are also made in the Long Title of the Bill, in the definitions in section 2 and under contract terms in section 19. The deletion of these references, along with the technical amendments in sections 23, 24 and 26, are a result of the deletion of section 20.