CSA: Tickets not a problem

2009-05-27 13:28

Johannesburg - An investigation by Cricket South Africa (CSA) has found that if there was any overcrowding at the final of the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) at Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium on Sunday, it was not due to the use of fraudulent tickets.

CSA's investigation followed a newspaper article on Monday which quoted the stadium's CEO, Alan Kourie, as stating that the stadium had been dangerously overcrowded for the final because of the use of fraudulent tickets.

The investigation findings were released on Wednesday by CSA CEO, Gerald Majola, who said the ticketing and access control systems at the final were provided by Computicket and CSA to the stadium respectively.

Majola said: "In 2003, CSA implemented an access control system at all major cricket venues through South Africa. This system has received various upgrades since then, and we are very proud to say that we are the only sporting body in South Africa with such a comprehensive and effective access control system.

"Computicket managed to recover the so-called "fraudulent" tickets, to which the article refers, from the Liberty Life Wanderers Cricket Stadium - totalling 327 tickets. On checking these "fraudulent" tickets it was discovered that 177 tickets were stolen from Computicket, 66 tickets were stolen from those allocated to the stadium and 144 were actually tickets for the semi-final.

"The official attendance at the stadium for the DLF IPL final was 25 418 as recorded by the access control system. If the stadium did in fact have more spectators than this, these patrons would have had to access the stadium via entrances not controlled by the access control system.

"This would be in contravention with the normal operating procedures for access into the stadium, and would by-pass the access control system and the function it performs.

"Any such entrances would be under the direct control of the stadium management and should be controlled by the relevant security provider contracted by the Stadium.

"CSA's investigation shows that if there was overcrowding, it could not have been caused by the use of fraudulent tickets. Illegal access could only have been gained through entrances outside of the access control system and these entrances fall under the control and jurisdiction of the stadium management.

"CSA is proud to have hosted DLF IPL 2009 which was a resounding success, and would like to heartily thank the South African public for their support."


  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-27 13:46

    problem is not fraudulent tickets......its people pay security to get in the stadium without tickets. The security guys must have make a killing

  • Fazil - 2009-05-27 14:08

    Idiots you are all: People were paying the security guards to gain access. They all went home rather well remunerated! Systems are only as good as the people who operate them ! By everybody'd account the statdium was overflowing and thus the figure given by CSA cannot be relied on.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-27 14:19

    I Was happy to read how the CSA had deal with these problem i work full time but part time I am a vendor so i attend all the big growd major event to sell anything from ice cream , soft drinks , snacks . i have seen and know how touters will bribe the secuirty at the gates at the stadium to let in a number of people who will pay an amout that both the secuirt official and the touter had agreed on , yes it is true they make more money than as , but note iam not sending this massage because i am jeolous off the it is that on a big game like pirates and chiefs the touters will bribe some one wo works at checkers to steal for them an original ticketing tape from computicket send to the shop for printing any ticket bought from comuticket at the shop as this band had all the security futures allready they will print it according to what game will be playing at the stadium. if any one can remember the crowd at loftus during the game of sundowns versus barcelona with thousand off people standing and failing to get seats, it was due to the number of fake tickets the touters were selling outside the stadium please note a stampede could have happened and people kill thus it is urgent that all the major events soccer, rugby, music concerts. join u in installing the system and getting rid off the company that was working at wanderes they are the most corrupt of the security companys pls note i am always around this guys you can not pass this message to the relavant people but not my id or my name

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-27 14:27

    Firstly we want the IPL to return to South Africa but I think that Wanders need to change there security company. I was approached by a security guard whilst exiting an earlier game on 17 May, A security guard kept pestering me for my used ticket and when I asked him why he just told me to give him the ticket and he will make a plan for me to attend the finals. So there you go, the problem is with the stadium and not with CSA.

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-05-27 14:27

    OK, lets say that everything was fine with the tickets. BUT, how many people got to a seat for which they had a ticket to find it occupied by someone else. The people attending these games were by and large South African and as such, used to finding this situation. I attended the Manchester United game here last year. If you had purchased a decent seat, you had zero chance of sitting in it. The security was not interested and we ended up in the rafters as opposed to around 20 rows from the pitch. I can assure you that football fans from Europe here for the Confederations Cup or World Cup would not be as understanding. The attitude there is if you have paid for a ticket in a seat then you own that part of the planet for the time of the game. If this isnt sorted out, the fans will sort it out for themselves.

  • jeremy - 2009-05-27 14:37

    These findings appear to be just a little misleading to say the least, although maybe Wanderers management should take the blame if it's responsible for the stadium security. I clearly heard a spectator tell 702 that he saw security guards holding open the access gates so that several people could enter on just one ticket. To suggest that the access control system is flawless is nonsense. It's only as flawless as the people operating it.

  • James - 2009-05-27 16:25

    Alan Kourie. Dont blame CSA. Sort out the security company

  • Stuart Stanley - 2009-05-27 16:32

    Well thats that then, now that CSA have cleared the air, problem over! If etsimated attendance was 38000 will management ever disclose how an estimated 12600 thousand illegal spectators (beyond the 25400 registered entries) entered the stadium. How big was the hole in the fence?? Sorry CSA i don't buy it. You owe it to your supporters even if the stadium was not under your control. Good Luck 2010!

  • faizal - 2009-05-28 12:18

    I wa sgiven a genuine ticket by a company to enter atas normal. I only came to grounds at 5.00 with my tickets. When I went to the gate they said somebody had already entered withmy ticket at 3.00. I WENT TO THE TICKET OFFICE AT THE RUDE INDIAN MANAGER ACCUSSED ME OF PASSING TH ETICKET THROUGH THE FENCE, wHY WOULD i GO TO THE TICKET OFFICE IF MY TICKET WAS FRAUD MR MANAGER. ANYWAY I STILL HAPPENED TO FIND MY WAY INTO THE STADUIM VIA "MAKE A PLAN " SECURITY ...HAHAHAHA... THE SECURITY WAS A JOKE.. WHAT A JOKE....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-02 15:51

    Firstly the IPL should return to SA! Secondly computicket needs to set rules and regulations on how many tickets may be purchased by an individual and this should be recorded on the ticket and system. So this will stop people on buying 100 tickets by bribing computicket staff members and then selling them at crazy prices & making profits of 500%. Why should sport loving fans have to pay so much. Thirdly- I saw securtiy guards taking bribes from people allowing them in with no tickets and also with fake tickets! I hope there is an investigation into fake tickets and people selling more than 100 tickets at crazy prices!

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