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Football clubs face Office of Fair Trading investigation


Professional football clubs in Britain could face a clamp down on credit and debit card charges following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.

The so-called 'rip-off fees', charged by businesses for processing credit and debit card payments, are facing a crackdown after consumer group Which? lodged a complaint claiming that the charges were unfair and penalising consumers.

The larger charges come in the travel industry where some airlines charge up to £50 for a credit card transaction, however the Office of Fair Trading has said that its conclusions apply to all businesses. Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT's consumer group, said: "We will take enforcement action against any businesses that do not respond to today's announcement and instead continue to use misleading surcharging practices."

Although OFT does not have the power to order firms to change their practices but can take court action and will also ask ministers to outlaw unfair charges.

Many clubs in England and Scotland charge a standard fee for credit card transactions.

Matt Morris

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