17 Jun 2010

FIFA scores own goal with ticket policy

6:36 am on 17 June 2010

FIFA's ticketing policy has been called an enormous blunder that has kept many African fans away from the first football World Cup on their continent,

A new football author, Steve Bloomfield, says it's brilliant the tournament is finally in Africa but it's a ral shame so few Africans are in South Africa because it was so hardf or them to buy tickets.

Of nearly three million seats available for the month-long tournament in South Africa, only an estimated 40,000 have gone to fans from other parts of the continent.

The Englishman says he has friends in Nigeria wanted to be in South Africa here, but who accepts a Nigerian credit card?

He says how hard would it have been to sell 5000 tickets in a bank in Lagos for every Nigerian game.