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FIFA 2010

Socoza’s Victory Against FIFA Ticket Policies

Jul 2, 2010 4:38 PM

Socoza.com, the internet portal that has taken on FIFA’s ticket transfer policies, says that it has not heard anything further from FIFA after that were sent two lawyers letters asking them to shut down.

FIFA 2010

FIFA president Sepp Blatter speaks during a media briefing in Johannesburg. Blatter apologized for the refereeing mistakes that have blighted the World Cup and said soccer’s governing body would look again at introducing goalline technology.
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Socoza owner, Jeff Zaron said, “We are still doing business helping people transfer world cup tickets, to fill seats, and getting foreign fans to South Africa”.

He added that, “Interest in tickets for the quarterfinals, semis and finals is reaching fever pitch. We will not be intimidated by FIFA as we are not doing anything wrong”.

Socoza has had such overwhelming support from fans who would otherwise have been left with unwanted tickets.

Socoza’s legal counsel, Joel Shoot, said that, “Socoza.com does not violate FIFA policies as the site is a social network where ticket holders can meet and communicate about swapping their world cup tickets between themselves”.

Shoot however added that “FIFA’s current ticket transfer policies have to change to cater for real life situations. FIFA have taken a dogmatic approach. The Vancouver Olympic committee worked with third parties and endorsed a fan-to-fan portal. Fans could resell there tickets and it ensured that paid-for seats were not left empty as has been seen at some many matches here in South Africa.”

Shoot asked, “If it was good enough for the Vancouver Olympic committee then why is not good enough for FIFA?" and said, “The public mood seems to be very much against FIFA’s perceived bully tactics.”

When asked why he thinks that FIFA’s policies have met with such negative reaction in South Africa, Shoot said “South Africa’s new democracy endures because of respect of differences and a consultative approach. FIFA has reminded many South Africans of a draconian regime where consultation and inclusiveness is not tolerated.”

Shoot said that “Ticket brokering is a well established multi-billion dollar business. eBay acquired StubHub, a US based ticket broker for $315 million”.

“I’d like to see FIFA take on eBay. They would not take FiFA’s demands seriously. FIFA is demonizing the industry, and they are being disingenuous” said Shoot.

“Ticket brokers are a well established and vital component of the sporting industry. FIFA has seen the results of banning them by having empty seats and foreign fans unable to come to South Africa”.

Shoot furthermore stated that certain FIFA policies may run counter to South African competitions and administrative law, which demands amongst others that rules are exercised fairly and uniformly.


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