London, July 3 (ANI): A British MP has urged that ticket touting should be banned at big sporting events including Wimbledon.
Currently, it is only illegal to re-sell tickets for professional football matches.
However, Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland North, is calling for the ban to include other major competitions where tickets can change hands for thousands of pounds, according to the BBC.
Other events, which would be included under her proposals are the Grand National and Six Nations Rugby.
"What I want is legislation that makes it a criminal offence to buy up large numbers of tickets, with a view to selling them at a profit," the Mirror quoted her as telling the Corporation.
"If that wasn't allowed, people wouldn't do it," she added.odgson believes legislation banning the reselling of tickets for the London Olympics could be extended.
She suggested that websites should be regulated more tightly, so that they are obliged to pass on tickets at face value with an additional but fixed charge for re-selling.
But Jonathan Brown, from the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (Star), told the BBC that touting would continue where there is a demand.
"As long as there are people willing to pay those prices, there's somebody there waiting to sell it to you," he said. (ANI)