19 Feb 2010

Football world cup prices are scaring visitors away

2:26 pm on 19 February 2010

World football's governing body FIFA has admitted that ticket prices are scaring away fans for June's world cup in South Africa, and are asking tour operators to cut costs to help fill stadiums.

The FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke says 800 thousand tickets are still going begging, and high prices have put off ordinary fans from travelling to South Africa.

Valke says FIFA originally expected 500 thousand visitors to the country during the football tournament, but it's now revising that figure downward.

But Valcke says he's not worried about the prospect of empty stadiums and that ticket touts will help solve the problem.

He says his main concern is the building work on the main stadium that has yet to be completed.