Germans get no special WorldCup ticket treatment

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28 October 2004 , FRANKFURT - The 2006 football World Cup may take place in Germany, but the country's fans will get no extra tickets for it, the organising committee said on Thursday. The only good news was that a majority of tickets offered in the cheapest category (EUR 35) will be sold almost entirely to German fans. "We are aware that we won't have enough tickets and will be criticised for it. There will be disappointments," said organising committee chief Franz Beckenbauer. A total of 3.2 million tick

28 October 2004

FRANKFURT - The 2006 football World Cup may take place in Germany, but the country's fans will get no extra tickets for it, the organising committee said on Thursday.

The only good news was that a majority of tickets offered in the cheapest category (EUR 35) will be sold almost entirely to German fans.

"We are aware that we won't have enough tickets and will be criticised for it. There will be disappointments," said organising committee chief Franz Beckenbauer.

A total of 3.2 million tickets are available for the 64 matches at the World Cup which runs from 9 June 9 until 9 July 2006.

The first contingent of 25 percent of the tickets will go on sale in February, but organisers said they have not yet decided how many of them can be bought via the internet and how many at ticket offices or through the organising committee.

The organising committee dismissed statements from its president Beckenbauer that German fans will get no more than 800,000 tickets, but at the same time they have to obey European Union laws which says that all tickets must be available on the free market.

In addition, the ruling football body FIFA has its own amount of tickets for the national federations of the teams which qualify for the World Cup.

Another 450,000 tickets alone will go to the agency which is responsible for the hospitality area at the World Cup.

"They have paid SRF 1.7 million (EUR 1.1 million) for this right. We can moan as much as we like, but we have to bow to FIFA," said Beckenbauer.

Beckenbauer said he feared a massive black market for World Cup tickets in Germany although organisers said they were in talks with FIFA about getting an additional ticket contingent for German fans after all.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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