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Owen Farrell absolved of wrongdoing by RFU over £440 ticket sale

English rugby’s governing body has underlined that the out-half is a man of ‘utmost integrity.’

Farrell in action against Ireland during England's 13-10 victory.
Farrell in action against Ireland during England's 13-10 victory.
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THE RFU HAS confirmed that England out-half Owen Farrell has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a ticket allocated to him for last weekend’s clash against Ireland was sold for more than six times its face value the evening before the game.

International [and club] players are provided with tickets for friends and family ahead of the games they are involved in, with the understanding that no profit will be made from selling those tickets.

After a ticket worth £70 allocated to Farrell was bought for £440 on re-sale website Viagogo, there had been speculation that the 22-year-old might face punishment from the RFU.

However, a statement made by England’s media manager, Dave Barton, has revealed that Farrell is in the clear.

It can be confirmed that Owen Farrell has been absolved of any responsibility for the ticket issued under his name getting into the hands of a secondary ticketing operator and as such is cleared of any wrongdoing. He will therefore not face any sanction.

“Owen is a young man of the utmost integrity and no blame can be attached to him in this matter. Enquiries continue as to the circumstances whereby this ticket was sold above face value, contravening the terms and conditions of sale.”

England’s next Six Nations game is at home against Wales on Sunday the 9th of March.

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