Concerns over piles of unwanted tickets

15th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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When FIFA made the decision back in 2004 to elect South Africa as the host nation, to say it raised a few eyebrows would be putting it lightly. The country has been renowned for its gun violence in recent years, while it’s one of the poorest country’s on the planet, with reports suggesting that South African’s earn as little as $2 a day. We suppose the latter was the main reason why Africa was chosen, in a bid to boost the economy for the country whilst enabling the sport to grow further within South Africa. However, whether it’s because of the well publicised violence, the lack of money in the host country, or simply because of the geographical location of the World Cup, fans just aren’t showing enough interest South Africa’s main event, nor are they willing to shell out on flying expenses and accommodation just to get involved in South Africa’s festivities when they can watch it for FREE on TV in the comfort of their own home.


The claims are that the South African natives simply aren’t getting involved as much as FIFA chiefs would like despite the host nation accounting for purchase of over a million tickets. Although, after hearing what an average person from South Africa makes a day ($2) it’s no surprise whatsoever that the natives aren’t prioritising football over basic living necessities – If FIFA want tickets gone so bad, why not give them away to those who earn next to nothing a day? Didn’t think so.


FIFA Chiefs are desperate to ship the unsold pile of tickets. To the extent where tickets have been put on sale in local supermarkets in South Africa alongside everyday groceries in a bid to fill half-empty stadiums. Not a single fixture at the World Cup has sold out, with even a few hundred available for the final in Johannesburg, which is in stark comparison to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where at this same time nearly every ticket was gone.


FIFA claim that there are several reasons as to why tickets just haven’t sold as quickly as they expected; the global recession being a big influence, the cost of flying (Accusations of fixed prices) and, of course, the growing concern for public safety, although organisers have continuously stated that every World Cup stadium will be heavily policed during the course of the finals, as well as the surrounding areas. if this is to be the case, why hasn’t such extreme efforts to get the country under control been enforced years before the big event, and not just to protect fans travelling to South Africa from all across the globe, but to protect their very own, South Africans.



South Africa account for nearly 80% of the tickets already sold, while USA and England are the next biggest buyers with over 100,000 tickets sold each. Germans have purchased a little over 40,000 tickets, while the famous Orange of the Dutch have purchased a stingy few thousand. Perhaps FIFA should stop blaming fans in South Africa for not taking to the World Cup and instead pile more pressure on the nations which boast huge fan bases in Europe. The countries which actually have residents with disposable incomes.


Those wishing to watch a game in South Africa can now get their hands on a ticket for as little as £14What a bargain! The plan is to ship the remaining half-a-million tickets as soon as possible in order to avoid any empty stadiums during the finals, as it would give the country a bad global impression despite Danny Jordan, South Africa chief, claiming the country is ‘football mad’.


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