Smooth ticket sales promised

2010-05-27 21:07
Johannesburg - FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke promised that the sale of 90 000 tickets on Friday will go smoothly.

"We are going to ensure that the system will work and not collapse as last time when we were doing the ticket centres," Valcke told reporters at a press briefing following the unveiling of a plaque at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.

The last major sale at ticket centres ended in frustration, with many fans being turned away after waiting several hours. A 64-year-old pensioner died while waiting in a queue.

Friday's sale of tickets will include 800 tickets to the tournament final.

'Stupid to wait'

Despite his assurances that the process would run smoothly, Valcke warned that tickets to popular matches like the final were expected to sell out in 30 minutes.

He said that fans should also consider buying less popular tickets.

"I hope people will understand that it's great to be at the stadium, it's great to be at the World Cup and will buy tickets," said Valcke.

The 90 000 thousand tickets had been held by FIFA for possible sale.

"They were tickets for sale to particular groups," said Valcke.

"It was stupid to wait and that's why we're putting them in the system."
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