28 Apr 2010

FIFA promises no empty seats at World Cup

6:36 am on 28 April 2010

FIFA is promising there'll be no empty seats at the World Cup football finals in South Africa after a recent surge in ticket sales helped sell out about 40 of the 64 matches.

FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke said that was a commitment they made from day one, but he's more optimistic now than he was three weeks ago.

World soccer's ruling body has admitted its largely internet-based system of ticket sales for the tournament starting on June 11 may have been less than efficient.

Real World Cup fever was ignited in South Africa less than a fortnight ago when FIFA decided to make available over-the-counter ticket sales, and there was chaos as thousands of fans rushed to buy.