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Brazil-Niger match tickets sold out?

12 Oct 2017 05:50am IST
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12 Oct 2017 05:50am IST

MARGAO: Call it artificial shortage or non-availability? The ticket “sell-out” situation for Friday’s FIFA under-17 World Cup match between Group D leaders Brazil and third-placed Niger at the Fatorda stadium has left Goan football fans frustrated and red-faced.

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MARGAO: Call it artificial shortage or non-availability? The ticket “sell-out” situation for Friday’s FIFA under-17 World Cup match between Group D leaders Brazil and third-placed Niger at the Fatorda stadium has left Goan football fans frustrated and red-faced. 

Several Brazil team fans from Goa complained that there are no tickets available while the stadium is virtually “empty” on the match days and added that this has been witnessed during the previous matches too. 

Several Goan Brazil team fans who wanted to watch the match on Friday left disappointed after being told that there are no tickets available for this match. People have urged the authorities to step in and provide relief to the football fans, who claim to be left out for no reason.

People who went to purchase a ticket at the Fatorda stadium on Wednesday were told that the tickets for the Friday match have been sold out. However, the people are not ready to buy this as during the previous matches despite all seats being sold out, there were only around 10,000 people inside the stadium.

"Due to the freebie tickets to the sponsors and partners, there are no seats left for the enthusiasts who come for the love of football. There has to be some reporting and cut-off  time for the ticket holders as with the present system many ticketed people don't turn up and the genuine ones are left out," said Siddharth Karapurkar.

"Where are the tickets if the stadium seats are sold out? I am sure some unnecessary distribution has taken place which has deprived the people from watching the match," complained a football fan from Margao.

Meanwhile, Group D leaders Brazil and third-placed Niger reached Goa for their final league match, as the World Cup makes its way to the knock-out phase. However, the non-availability of tickets has puzzled the Goan fans. 

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