Fans victimized by ticket scam

MORRIS DALLA COSTA

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Hundreds of fans at Euro 2008 were victimized when one of Europe's biggest ticket agencies, Euroteam, was stung by a company in Germany that failed to supply the 1,200 tickets it promised.

Euroteam's office in Zurich was shut down by police hours before the Italy-Romania match last Friday when UEFA complained that fake and stolen tickets were being sold. None were found and the office was reopened.

Fans who missed the game will be compensated at a cost of $775,000 to the company.

SCOLARI UNDER FIRE

It didn't take long for Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to move from genius to bum.

Portugal crashed out of the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Germany. The vultures descended on Scolari with a vengeance, criticizing his team selection, formation and preparation. They were all over the Brazilian for resting eight players in a meaningless game against Switzerland, saying the changes cost Portugal momentum. The media now believes the loss has tarnished his legacy in Portugal.

RONALDO FAILS TO IMPRESS

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has not escaped the wrath of fans and journalists, either. Many are questioning whether Ronaldo indeed is the best player in the world. Ronaldo had a good tournament but not the kind everyone expected of him. He didn't do himself any favours by his handling of the issue of his potential signing by Real Madrid. He now has indicated he will announce a decision in two or three days but says there's a good chance he will go to Madrid. This comes after he said a few months ago that he was staying at Manchester United and all the talk should stop. He should have listened to his own advice.


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