World Cup Fans Can Enter Stadia With Scalped Tickets, FIFA Says
13 (Bloomberg) -- Fans will be admitted to World Cup matches with
tickets bought from scalpers, tournament organizer FIFA said, reversing
its policy of forcing supporters to acquire them through official
can get into games ``as long as the ticket is valid and you can say
`here is my passport,''' Wolfgang Niersbach, vice president of the
organizing committee, told a press conference in Berlin. Between 500 and
1,000 people are checked before each match, he said.
Cup organizers, trying to discourage hooligans and scalpers from marring
the event, previously said ticket holders could only enter stadiums if
their name was printed on the ticket and they carried proof of identity.
While the tournament has so far been trouble free, FIFA's policy also
made it harder for fans to pass their tickets onto friends and
Lapses in the ticketing policy became apparent on the tournament's
second day, when England fans filled about three quarters of the
48,000-capacity Waldstadion in Frankfurt for their team's first game
against Paraguay. The country's Football Association was allocated just
5,300 tickets for the game and 14,000 tickets for England's three group
England's F.A. has an allocation of 4,500 for its next match against
Trinidad & Tobago at Nuremberg's 41,000-seat stadium in two days.
Scalpers in Berlin are seeking as much as 1,600 euros ($2,000) for a
ticket to tonight's match between defending champion Brazil and Croatia.
Niersbach said FIFA's policy has kept violent fans away. At the 1998
World Cup in France, when the biggest sports event last visited Europe,
much of the aggression came from Germans and Englishmen. A policeman in
Lens was left in a coma after being assaulted by German fascists, while
England fans went on the rampage in Marseille.
years later at the European Championship, 945 England followers were
expelled from Belgium following riots in Charleroi and Brussels.