NRL grand final scalpers warned they could cop fines of $110,000 ahead of Eels v Panthers showdown

NRL grand final scalpers warned they could cop fines of up to $110,000 by NSW Fair Trading as tickets to the Penrith v Parramatta blockbuster soar as high as $600 online

  • Scalpers have been warned NSW Fair Trading are closely monitoring online sales
  • Comes after some tickets for NRL Grand Final have soared to up to $600 a seat
  • Those caught selling tickets at inflated prices may face fines of up to $110,000

Greedy scalpers have been warned they could be slugged with fines of up to $110,000 by NSW Fair Trading if they are caught selling tickets to Sunday’s NRL grand final at hugely inflated prices.

It comes as some seats for the Penrith versus Parramatta ‘Battle of the West’ blockbuster at Accor Stadium in Sydney have soared to as much as $600 per person online.

NSW Fair Trading confirmed they will continue to investigate and if necessary issue platforms such as eBay multiple Penalty Infringement Notices if tickets are passed on to footy fans in breach of NSW ticket scalping laws.  

‘To protect consumers, NSW laws require advertisements for the re-sale of tickets to specify the original cost of the ticket and a re-sale price that is no more than 10 per cent above the original cost,’ NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Natasha Mann said in a statement on Friday.

‘NSW Fair Trading is actively monitoring platforms where Grand Final tickets may be re-sold and will take action where tickets are being sold contrary to NSW laws.

Scalpers have been warned they could be issued fines of up to $110,000 by NSW Fair Trading if they are caught selling tickets to Sunday’s NRL Grand Final at inflated prices (pictured, Panthers star James Fisher-Harris)

It comes as some seats for the Penrith versus Parramatta 'Battle of the West' blockbuster at Accor Stadium in Sydney have soared to as much as $600 per person online (pictured above)

It comes as some seats for the Penrith versus Parramatta ‘Battle of the West’ blockbuster at Accor Stadium in Sydney have soared to as much as $600 per person online (pictured above)

‘Under the Fair Trading Act, corporations found breaching ticket reselling laws can be fined up to $110,000, while individuals can be fined up to $22,000.’

Penrith and Parramatta have long been fierce NRL rivals – but have never met in a decider.

Both hailing from Sydney’s west, adding spice to the contest is Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Waqa Blake both joining the Eels after making their NRL debuts with the Panthers.

Brad Arthur’s Eels also beat the minor premiers twice in the home and away season – only for Penrith to exact revenge in week one of the semi-finals earlier this month.

Ivan Cleary’s men are chasing back to back premierships, with the Sydney Roosters (2018 and 2019) the last NRL side to achieve the feat.

Penrith – who have incredibly won 66 of 78 games dating back the past three years – have lit the fuse ahead of the big dance after declaring they are now the premier NRL club in Sydney’s rugby league heartland.

Adding spice to the NRL decider is Reagan Campbell-Gillard (pictured) and Waqa Blake both joining the Eels in recent years after making their NRL debuts with the Panthers

Adding spice to the NRL decider is Reagan Campbell-Gillard (pictured) and Waqa Blake both joining the Eels in recent years after making their NRL debuts with the Panthers

Panthers winger Brian To'o this week declared 'things have changed' in relation to Penrith now being the dominant rugby league club in western Sydney

Panthers winger Brian To’o this week declared ‘things have changed’ in relation to Penrith now being the dominant rugby league club in western Sydney

‘You can call us daddy,’ Panthers five-eighth Jarome Luai quipped this week, in a statement the Parramatta players are likely to post up in the changerooms this weekend.

Winger Brian To’o also weighed into the chat, declaring ‘things have changed.’

‘There aren’t that many kids coming through the Parramatta system that are from the west. The majority of the people that are in the Parramatta team come from other countries or other parts of NSW – or even Penrith,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘It’s pretty cool to see how many of us (Penrith) juniors have come through the lower grades up to the big leagues.’

According to sportsbet, Parramatta are $3.10 outsiders ahead of the big dance, with Penrith paying $1.40. 

Kick-off is scheduled for 7.30pm on Sunday night. 

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