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Ticket Anomaly of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Ticket Anomaly of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA world cup has bared witness to a soccer tournament characterised by a very high level of football and energy, with substantial excitement and exhilaration oozing out from the matches that have been played so far. The effort, time and money utilised by fans to purchase tickets in order attend these soccer matches, to a fair number of people, have been worth it. While to others, it has not. A well concealed problem, which has arisen from the progression of the world cup, which continues to trouble paying fans, has been the difficulty and controversy of purchasing tickets through the internet and telephone. The availability and ability of purchasing tickets for soccer matches during the world cup has been a struggle to say the least. This has caused a fair amount of inconvenience among fans. With three payment options available for purchasing soccer match tickets, that being by physically visiting a FIFA ticketing office and purchasing tickets there, purchasing tickets from an operator through the telephone, or purchasing tickets via FIFA’s website, the last two options seem to be the most convenient and quickest way of purchasing tickets. However, the reality of the situation has not been the case. There has been some controversy surrounding these latter two payment options, which myself and other members of my family and friends have experienced first hand.

Speaking to an operator through the telephone with the intention of purchasing tickets of a certain category, since the price of tickets range from category one being the most expensive to category four being the least expensive, one tends to develop the notion that these operators are being influenced by their superiors to sell the most expensive tickets first, or at least a certain amount of it, holding back the lower priced tickets and only letting them out once a certain number of these more expensive tickets have been sold first. On numerous occasions I have experienced this, with operators informing me that only category one and two tickets were available, with category three and four tickets being unavailable and may become available soon, but are not at liberty to say when exactly. Even though this statement does hold substantial speculation, experience has thought me so far during the world cup that this may be the case, since, according to various speculations, the FIFA world cup ultimately is a money making endeavour, even though emphasis is placed on football and football related issues, more interest is placed on making money, and thus by implication, the sale of more expensive tickets. Even though this statement may seem a bit over the top, the reality of the situation may indicate otherwise.

According to BBC news, a requirement specified by FIFA to countries bidding successfully for the world cup is that the entire FIFA world cup event should be free of tax for FIFA. According to a spokesman of FIFA, “Any host country requires a comprehensive tax exemption to be given to FIFA and further parties involved in the hosting and staging of an event” (BBC News 2010). In this year’s world cup, South Africa has established a “tax free bubble” at FIFA’s request, relieving FIFA from any tax, which it may incur from the profits earned during the tournament. The implications of FIFA’s ability seemingly to be above the law in terms of tax related issues are quite severe. This means that in order for a country to host the FIFA world cup, it has to forego any tax revenue that could have been earned from the profitable undertakings of the world cup and thus deprive the country’s economy of this income. Whether or not FIFA should be allowed to continue with enforcing this tax free requirement is opened to controversial debate.

Moving onto problems experienced with purchasing tickets via the FIFA website, even though the ticketing page of FIFA’s website may indicate the availability of tickets of a certain category, more often than not, one is not able to purchase these tickets since there is always a message which comes up that indicates that these tickets are unavailable, when one wants to pay for them, even though the picture icon of that ticket category indicates availability. This has caused frustration among fans, especially among those fans, whose situation limits them to purchasing tickets only via the internet. This has really exposed FIFA’s inefficiency with their on line ticketing system.

The problems experienced by FIFA’s ticketing internet and telephone systems have opened up some controversy as to the real intentions of the FIFA world cup. One would expect the world cup to be primarily about the game of football, not about the game of making money. The following was written to help you find ways to pay for counselingFIFA Awards World Cup TournamentsFIFA announced Tuesday the countries to host the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2014 Men’s World Cup. The 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup will be held in Germany.

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter called England’s bid “excellent and remarkable”, yet it was dumped out of the running in the first round after it attracted just two of the 22 votes on offer.

England’s Fifa delegate Geoff Thompson was one, the other was believed to be Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, one of those named in an investigation into corruption within football’s world governing body by the BBC’s Panorama programme.

The Daily Mirror’s front page headline is ‘SOLD’ as they ask how oil rich Russia and Qatar could possibly have persuaded Fifa to give them the World Cup.

The Sun go with ‘FIXED’ while the Daily Star shouts ‘WHAT A FIX’; the Daily Mail claims ‘THEY LIED’ and the Daily Express simply says ‘HUMILIATED’.

The Times is slightly more reserved with ‘End of the world for England’, The Independent claim ‘England fear foul play after World Cup humiliation’ and the Guardian says ‘Russia ends England’s dream of hosting 2018 World Cup’, while the Daily Telegraph believes it is a DISASTER handing the tournament to Russia and a DISGRACE that 2022 will be in Qatar.

England have only one friend in the world and he is Cameroon’s Hayatou, the lone delegate to vote for their bid despite Panorama’s allegations on Monday.

suggests that the Spain/Portugal joint bid was not helped by Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar greeting the Prime Minister of Spain in his presentation and forgetting the “and Portugal”.

El Mundo ran the headline: “The power of gas and oil.”

Dutch daily AD wrote: “With Russia and Qatar Fifa has chosen its guarantees in gold and oil,” suggesting that Fifa’s Zurich headquarters would be “swimming in banknotes”.

The United States media reacted with shock after Qatar was named as 2022 hosts ahead of its bid.”For him [Obama] to condemn the executive council of Fifa for giving Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup and describing it as wrong is shocking, because the selection process was done in a democratic and free voting based on facts and convincing components,” it stated.

But Japanese business daily Nikkei claimed their country’s bid had been scuppered by money.

“Qatar, which has never qualified for the World Cup finals, had a weapon in its abundant financial resources based on oil money,” it said.

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Protests disrupt Fifa visit to Brazil World Cup venue

Protests disrupt Fifa visit to Brazil World Cup venue

Protesters in Brazil have disrupted an official visit to a football stadium being built for next year World Cup.

A group of some 50 people stormed the Arena Pantanal, in the western city of Cuiaba, as it was being inspected by the Secretary General of Fifa, Jerome Valcke.

But the Brazilian government said that hosting four World Cup matches at the stadium will draw the world attention to the natural beauty of the Pantanal Conservation Area, a home to vast tropical wetlands.

Mr Valcke said the protesters had to take the long term benefits into account.

“People have freedom and that is part of democracy. But the workers who are here trying to finish the stadium should not be targeted,” said Mr Valcke.

He said he had a meeting with Governor Silval Barbosa to find out if the works were going to meet the deadline set by the Fifa, the world football governing body.

Officials say the Arena Pantanal is 85% ready, though none of the seats in the stadium have been installed.

Fifa has demanded that all venues are ready by 20 December.

The 2014 World Cup will kick off in Sao Paulo on 12 June. The final match will be played in Rio de Janeiro Maracana stadium on 13 July.

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