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SBD Global/May 20, 2013/Events and Attractions

Ticket Agency Vows To Contribute Funds In Memory Of Ivan Turina

A Swedish ticket agency accused of profiting from a charity football match for a deceased player has said that "it will make a donation to a fund set up in his memory," according to Philip O'Connor of REUTERS. Swedish football side AIK had staged a charity match with Dynamo Zagreb after its "Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Turina was found dead in his bed on May 2." A report in the newspaper Aftonbladet suggesting that Ticnet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ticketmaster, had profited from the match "sparked a storm of protest from football fans in Sweden." Many took to the company's Facebook page to "demand that the sum be paid to Turina's family." Ticnet Marketing Dir Mattias Hallgrim said, "We don't want to comment publicly on any sum." Hallgrim said that "in their haste to organise the game, AIK had to put the game into their system and had never asked Ticnet to support or sponsor the game" (REUTERS, 5/18).
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