15 Aug 2009

South Africa's poor to get free 2010 World Cup tickets

8:42 am on 15 August 2009

Some 120,000 free tickets will be given away for next year's football World Cup to ensure that poor South Africans, the biggest local fans of the game, can attend.

Officials are concerned that despite a special category of some of the cheapest tickets in World Cup history, poor blacks will not come to matches, robbing the event of the noisy and colourful atmosphere that is one of the biggest draws of holding the tournament in Africa for the first time.

About 450,000 foreign fans are expected for the World Cup and 28 of the 64 matches are already sold out.