Fifa: Brazil World Cup to have 'cheapest ever tickets'

 
Fifa's President Joseph Blatter (left) and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke Sepp Blatter (left) and Jerome Valcke praised Brazil as a host

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Tickets for next year's World Cup in Brazil will be "cheapest ever", football's governing body Fifa says.

Fifa Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said 70% of the matches would cost less than in previous events; ticket prices will be announced on 19 July.

Mr Valcke and Fifa President Sepp Blatter praised the Confederations Cup in Brazil which ended on Sunday.

The tournament was marked by protests against the high cost of the World Cup, corruption and poor public services.

Mr Blatter said the Confederations Cup was a success despite the demonstrations which took millions to the streets.

"I am happy we come to a conclusion now with a sporting result and the impression that the social unrest is now resting - I don't know how long for," he told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

'Some uncertainty'

The head of Fifa also admitted there had been fears that Brazil would not be ready for the World Cup in 2014.

Building work at some stadiums was finished shortly before the start of the Confederations Cup and there were doubts about how the country's infra-structure would cope with a large scale event.

"When we started the competition there was some uncertainty what would happen," Mr Blatter said.

Fifa officials avoided commenting on security issues, saying they were a matter for the government to deal with.

During the Confederations Cup there have been several clashes between protesters and security forces, who fired rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas into the crowds.

There were reports that the public was affected by the gas inside the stadiums, including Rio's Maracana, where Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in Sunday's final.

Fifa was one of the targets of protesters, who complained that football's governing body gained profits exempt from tax and that high investments of public funds in the preparation for the international football events would have been better used for hospitals or schools.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 64.

    Whatever the price of the tickets, a significant percentage of them should be made available to local people at a reduced cost. Despite the controversy, football is a World sport that brings pleasure to the masses. It is always a shame when citizens cannot afford to buy a ticket to a World Cup hosted by their own country

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    Comment number 48.

    Well I think they should reserve some cheaper tickets for their local people who many aren't so rich. Maybe they are doing that already?

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    Comment number 43.

    Yes the tickets will be cheaper but this probably means all the touts on the black market will take them all so the profits will go straight in their pocket. Afterall, its demand that will set the price not the original ticket price.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 21.

    I suspect flights and accommodation will more than make up for any relative cheapness of ticket prices.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 14.

    Complete spin, they're obviously worried about selling all the tickets for some of the group games considering all the travelling involved (to and then around Brazil).

    I just hope they make as many tickets available to Brazilians as possible, the atmospheres they generated at the Conf Cup were fantastic from what I could tell.

 
 

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