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24th February 2013

Touts' brawl over Beyonce Tour tickets closes the Manchester box office before a single ticket is sold

British Transport Police were called in to break up a mass punch up between Liverpool and Manchester touts

Saturdays are frequently a time for fierce competition between cities as up and down the country rival teams do battle on the pitch in the name of sport. Few are more competitive than a Liverpool v Manchester football clash, but this weekend saw a different kind of bust-up.

Tickets for Beyonce's "The Mrs Carter Show" tour went on sale on Saturday 23rd February, which was bound to create a massive demand (one which totally swamped Ticketmaster). As well as being able to buy the tickets online you can still purchase tickets the old fashioned way by buying them in person from box offices, a method favoured by touts who can turn up and buy tickets without being traced.

When two rival gangs from Manchester and Liverpool turned up to jostle for prime position at the box office in Manchester a Mexican stand off morphed into a mass brawl as tempers frayed. Though the police were called, as it happened on British Transport Police turf they took the call and intervened.

Two members of public were tapped within the melee, but no injuries to them have been reported.

Promoters SJM had to close the box office before any tickets were sold, leaving online sales the only option.

The final score in this particular match ended in a 0-0 draw.

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