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By ESPN Staff

British government launches anti-touting law

New legislation which closes a loophole allowing some World Cup tickets to be legally touted comes into effect.

The law makes it a criminal offence for anyone in England and Wales to re-sell tickets for any game in the tournament, not just the ones in which England are already scheduled to play.

It was previously not against the law to trade second-round tickets.

Home Office minister Paul Goggins has previously said the new measure extended the definition of a match for which it is an offence to tout tickets.

He said last month: 'Ticket touting legislation covering football matches is a necessary public order measure based on the importance of ensuring the segregation of supporters.

'This is an important change to avoid the situation where tickets are sold for some matches for which touting would only become illegal once the competing teams are known.'

The new move will also apply to any future FIFA or UEFA tournaments in which England or Wales, or a senior club side from either country, is eligible to participate.