Geldof Attacks Live 8 Ticket Sales
Campaigning rocker SIR BOB GELDOF is furious after discovering touts are selling LIVE 8 tickets for the London leg of the concerts on internet website eBAY.
More than two million people entered the text message lottery to win one of 75,000 pairs of tickets to the Hyde Park extravaganza on 2 July (05).
The first of the lucky winners were informed yesterday (13JUN05) and within hours, dozens of tickets were put up for sale on the site, for up to $2,000 (GBP1,000) a pair.
Geldof fumes, "I am sick with this. It is a f**king disgrace. It is completely against the interests of the poor. The people who are selling it are wretches.
"But far worse is the corporate culture which capitalises on people's misery."
The BOOMTOWN RAT asked eBay to remove the auctions, but the site claims it can't - offering instead to donate the listing fee $1.90 (GBP1.90) from each sale to Live 8.
But Geldof has rejected the offer and called on web users to boycott eBay for a week. He now plans to wait until 1,000 ticket offers hit the site - he can then seek a High Court order forcing the eBay to remove them.
He adds, "Nobody should buy these tickets.
"It doesn't matter if people are selling these tickets for one pence or GBP1,000. If someone doesn't want them, they should give them away."14/06/2005 13:51