Within hours of texts being sent out notifying winners of the ticket auction, adverts were appearing on eBay for around £500 per pair. Organisers Bob Geldof, Midge Ure and Harvey Goldmsith have today demanded the immediate removal of such adverts.
Geldof says, "I am sick with this. It is a disgrace. It is completely against the interests of the poor. The people who are selling these tickets on websites are miserable wretches who are capitalising on people's misery: I am appealing to their sense of decency to stop this disgusting greed."
He added that eBay was an "electronic pimp" and has called for a worldwide boycott if the adverts are not removed. He also called on owners of auction sites to ban such sales.
The live industry has been vocal in its condemnation of eBay for allowing concert tickets to be sold at vastly inflated prices, but this is by far the most high profile attack yet.