English Premier League club Liverpool said it does not approve of a celebrity YouTuber reselling tickets for its exhibition match against Manchester United in Bangkok, joining the chorus of critics of entitled influencer Pimrypie’s acquisition of 20,000 previously unavailable ducats to the July 12 game at Rajamangala Stadium.
Liverpool criticized the way the genuine tickets were being resold, which enraged fans led to calls for lawsuits.
LIFC also denied that any fans will have the chance to dine with its players, adding that it is disappointed that fans have received so much false information.
The viral drama began last week when wealthy celebrity YouTuber Pimradaporn Benjawattanapat, better known as Pimrypie, spent about 400 million baht on tickets to the match for discount resale through her live social media sessions. She also claimed some lucky buyers would win dinner with players and gain entry to a concert rehearsal by famous rapper Jackson Wang.
Furious fans questioned why yet another hi-so, privileged Thai could acquire 40% percent of all seats available for the match. Others expressed resentment, saying they cheated by paying full price for their overpriced tickets.
Match organizer Fresh Air Festival scrambled to repair the damage done by the YouTuber’s ego, with company director Vinij Lertratanachai clarifying that the tickets Pimradaporn bought were those allocated overseas sales, but were returned by the two football clubs because they didn’t sell at the exorbitant prices – up to 20,000 baht each – being asked.
Pimradaporn claimed, in her Facebook livestream on Thursday, that she had paid 400 million baht for the 20,000 tickets. She sold them for 25-50% off to boost her online popularity.