Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Barkley Is Facing Ticket-Ban Threat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Barkley Is Facing Ticket-Ban Threat

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

ENGLAND outside-half Olly Barkley could be hit by a six-match ticket ban unless he can convince Twickenham chiefs he was not responsible for tickets appearing on the black market that had been issued to him as a squad member.

The Rugby Football Union today revealed details of the crackdown following the fiasco involving three players whose official tickets for the clash with Ireland ended up on the black market.

England wing Ben Cohen had his allocation for the Grand Slam decider with France withdrawn after tickets he was given found their way to unofficial hospitality agents.

Barkley and fellow Bath player Matt Stevens were also caught in the swoop.

Stevens has since given the RFU a written explanation but Twickenham has yet to receive any correspondence from Barkley.

The outside-half will play a key role on the summer tour to New Zealand and Australia but unless he can supply a credible explanation, Barkley faces losing a ticket allocation - players get three free and can buy another 10 - for the next six Twickenham matches he is picked for. …

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