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FIFA 2010

FIFA tackled on swapping ban

Jun 27, 2010 10:19 PM

Fans trying to exchange tickets after their teams crash out of the World Cup might find themselves facing Fifa's wrath. .

FIFA 2010

People wanting tickets wait outside Rosebank's FNB after their systems crashed.
Photograph by: Bruce Gorton

A Fifa spokesman said yesterday that ticket swapping was banned because it was a security risk. Fans would have to use Fifa's resale service.

But a website that helps fans swap tickets says Fifa resale policies are unreasonable and cost the economy. Swapping tickets, says socoza.com legal adviser, Joel Shoot, could bring "many new fans for the round of 16", boosting the economy by hundreds of millions of rands.

Fifa and its ticketing agency, Match, have sent warning letters to socoza.com's owners.

But Shoot retorted: "We're not going to be bullied."

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