FIFA warns over fake tickets
FIFA has warned England fans travelling to Brazil for the World Cup finals to be wary of fake tickets circulating at venues across the country.
Sky Sports' chief news reporter Bryan Swanson says the level of sophistication adopted by the forgers makes the fake tickets almost impossible to detect.
Around 50 were bought ahead of Thursday's opening game between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo and Swanson expects a similar problem at grounds from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus.
Speaking to Sky Sports News from his Rio base he said: "FIFA admit they have been alarmed by the sophisticated fake tickets on the market.
"Only when fans arrived at the stadium yesterday did they realise they were fakes because the chip in them did not work and they were unable to gain access to the ground.
"And FIFA want to point out to the England supporters that the fakes currently in circulation are impossible to detect.
"To the human eye they look exactly the same as the genuine article and the message from the world governing body is that you should only be buying tickets from approved retailers.
FIFA marketing spokesman Thierry Weil said: "You look at this (fake) ticket and you have no doubt that this is a real ticket.
"You travel to Brazil, come to the turnstile in the stadium and that is when you will be rejected as the ticket does not have the chip.
"Even if there were a chip within the ticket it cannot be copied. It has some special function which clearly will reject you entering the stadium."