Regulator begins probe of nine Serie A clubs over ticket sales
The AGCM, the Italian antitrust regulator, has launched an investigation against nine clubs in Italian soccer’s Serie A relating to ticket sales.
The watchdog said the probe is to verify whether "unfair terms have been used in the contracts for the purchase of season tickets and match tickets.”
The nine clubs being investigated are Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Roma, Lazio, Cagliari, Genoa, Udinese and Atalanta.
The AGCM is looking to determine if some clauses used by the clubs violate the rights of those who purchase tickets.
The regulator said the clauses in question would prevent buyers from obtaining a refund of part of the season ticket or of the single ticket in case of closure of the stadium or part of it, obtaining reimbursement of the admission ticket for the individual tender in case of postponement of the event, both for facts attributable to the company, and when this circumstance leaves the responsibility of the latter; or obtaining damages if these events are directly attributable to the company.
In a statement, the AGCM explained that it sent a request to the teams in May to modify the clauses, but they failed to do so, prompting the investigation.
The regulator said: "The activity in progress follows the failure to accept the invitation addressed by the authority to the aforementioned companies on 8 May, 2019."
Bologna and Parma were the only clubs which amended their clauses after receiving the same request from the AGCM.