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16 April 2010 :: 16:04:10 pm 18344

World Cup Shambles: Riots Caused by System Collapse

Following the release of the last phase of ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup 2010, discounted ticket vendors in the host nation of South Africa had to contend with thousands of frustrated fans as computer system crashes hampered the buying process.
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South Africa, the 16th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: In preparation for the releases of 550,000 World Cup tickets on Thursday, thousands of South African fans camped out overnight in an attempt to secure themselves a seat at the much anticipated tournament. 

Tempers flared throughout the nation as computer system errors and server crashes hampered the sales process, with fans having waited overnight without food and water. Riot police were called in to disband various fights that ultimately broke out as a result of the ensuing mayhem.

In Pretoria, the South African capital, police used pepper spray on a group fighting in the doorway of a FIFA designated ticket outlet whilst in Johannesburg; an armoured police car had to brake up several fights between disgruntled fans. Reportedly a 64-year-old man in Cape Town died following a seizure, having camped outside the ticket outlet overnight waiting to purchase a ticket to the showpiece event.


One Johannesburg outlet did not start selling tickets until four hours after the official opening of sales, by midafternoon many people gave up in their attempt to purchase tickets due to the allotted 10 tickets ‘per-person-per-match’ quota system in place, leaving them with little chance. Various citizens likened the queues to the first democratic elections held in the nation in 1994.

So far ticket sales for the coming World Cup have been dire, with some tickets to the Final showpiece being sold for as little as Bt600. Ticket sales in South Africa have suffered due to the large majority of football fans being from the black population, who have limited access to internet facilities or credit cards.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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