Chelsea has launched a potentially seismic legal campaign against ticket touts that operate outside Stamford Bridge and online in what will reportedly become a Premier League-wide crackdown against illegal resale.

The club’s lawyers have secured injunctions against two men who admitted to reselling match tickets, with one claiming to be a “tiny, weeny cog” in a much bigger operation, UK newspaper The Guardian reports.

Football ticket resale is illegal under UK law, meaning the two men could face fines or even prison time if they flout the court order.

Lawyers have secured five other temporary injunctions for Chelsea, after the club’s senior figures responded to fan complaints about the sheer volume and obvious nature of touts operating outside Stamford Bridge stadium.

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