Saturday, November 24, 2007
If you don't have to pay to get into the World Cup, life's grand!
South Africans are learning this today after FIFA announced they will give 120,000 free tickets to South African residents for matches in the 2010 World Cup finals, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said at a news conference on Saturday.
It was announced on Friday that South African residents would be able to purchase specially-priced cheap tickets for the finals and the price for first round matches, apart from the opening match, was set at 20 US dollars on Saturday.
As well as these Category Four tickets being sold, Valcke added: "the cost of the 120,000 free tickets in that category will be met by FIFA's commercial partners."
It will be decided shortly whether those free tickets will be given away as prizes through the commercial partners competitions, or handed out on a first come, first served basis.
Valcke said measures would be taken to ensure the free and cheap tickets would not be sold on to fans overseas."We are working on measures to make sure there is no black market," he added.
Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the local organizing committee, added: "We cannot announce the measures three years beforehand as people will try to develop counter-measures. Our target is the poor football fans in this country and if there is someone in an England shirt or Belgium shirt in that seat we will know something has gone wrong."
The most expensive tickets for first round matches was set at US$160, rising to US$900 for the most expensive tickets for the World Cup final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010.
So I'm pretty poor ... can I get a free ticket PLEASE?