Schalke04 Ends Freshly Signed Deal with Viagogo

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German Bundesliga club Schalke has announced the end of its partnership with ticket exchange website viagogo after only nine days, following alleged breach of contract.

The contract, which came into effect on July 1 and was originally scheduled to run for three years, was designed to give fans access to tickets for sold-out matches. However, fans had reacted angrily to the partnership accusing the deal of legalising the black market.

Schalke’s marketing director Alexander Jobst said: “My thanks also go out to all the Schalke fans who drew our attention to the misconduct of viagogo in a constructive way. We didn’t go public any earlier in order to protect our legal position, but the time has now come to disclose the steps we have taken.”

Steve Roest, head of business development for Europe at viagogo, said: “We fulfilled every aspect of our contract so it’s unfortunate for us, for the club and, most importantly, for the fans that Schalke has taken this decision.” [Source: Sport Business]

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