FIFA has issued a warning about touts illegally tring to sell tickets online for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

“Anybody attempting to sell tickets on the Internet is taking a huge risk because the tickets have not even been printed yet,” said World Cup organising committee vice-president Wolfgang Niersbach.

The German organisers will only accept tickets from 2005.

A Munich court recently closed down a website offering tickets for misleading the public.