Ticket draw starts amidst manipulation attempts

15th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 April 2005, FRANKFURT - The draw for tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany began on Friday, as local organisers admitted that there had been wide-scale manipulation attempts.

15 April 2005

FRANKFURT - The draw for tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany began on Friday, as local organisers admitted that there had been wide-scale manipulation attempts.

The 1st vice-president of the organising committee (OC), Horst Schmidt, said that a person, or a group of persons from within the US had attempted to obtain a large number of tickets based on irregular addresses to obscure the identity of the sender.

In a statement the OC said a computer-based, automatic order placement system had been used to place orders for more than two million tickets.

"To protect all honest persons placing orders we naturally initiated several checks. Thus we contacted persons by phone who supposedly placed orders. Of those we reached, none had placed orders.

"We then issued a summons per e-mail to confirm the order details. There was no reply over a longer period of time so that we were able to rule out the possibility of the people concerned being on holiday," Schmidt said.

All orders that were clearly identified as being improper were excluded from the draw.

There were also other manipulation attempts, such as people ordering more than the allowed number of tickets by just slightly changing the spelling of the name, but leaving the order address unchanged.

The draw for 812,000 tickets (665,000 individual tickets and 147,000 Team-Specific Tickets or TSTs) was made by five computers which were specially installed in the offices of the OC.

The procedure which was monitored by the draw officer of the Land Hesse took several hours.

FIFA vice president David Will said he was happy with the way the draw had been conducted. "The OC did its utmost to ensure equal opportunities amongst the persons placing the orders. The internet has opened up ticket ordering to the entire world.

"We are also very pleased that the OC decided to offer the final in the first sales phase. This hadn't always been the case in the past."

Schmidt said that the OC was pleased with the draw. "900,000 people from 195 countries worldwide placed their orders. This clearly shows the heightened interest in the World Cup in Germany."

Winners will be notified on 22 April, with those who placed their orders by internet and weren't drawn also receiving notification.

The second sales phase will start in May and will exclusively deal with Team-Specific Tickets. It will be possible to order individual tickets again as from December. The draw procedure will be carried out again at the end of the third sales phase.

DPA

Subject: German news

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