Olympic ticket warning

LONDON 2012 organising committee chair Lord Sebastian Coe has implored the British public to steer clear of unofficial ticket websites as the clamour to attend high-profile Olympic events intensifies.

Earlier this week it was revealed that British fans were attempting to utilise foreign-based websites in order to purchase tickets on a first-come-first served basis.

But Lord Coe has advised those desperate to secure coveted tickets “not to panic” and insisted they should not be tempted to visit sites which may not be authentic.

“Do not panic,” he said. “Do not be tempted to go to [fake] websites. You should punch in urls (web links) on our website to check if they are authentic but I doubt whether that’s the case.

“There is no perfect system. There is no ticket process of this scale. This is an extraordinary scale.”