World Cup 2006 Blog

From our reporters in Germany

"Tickets, any spare tickets?"

claire_heald66.gifLONDON - The number of tickets for England supporters for their World Cup matches has been stirring up fans' consternation since allocation day. They have just eight per cent - that's around 4,000-5,000 - at each group game. Meanwhile, the sponsor companies share 500,000 for the tournament - one sixth of the total tickets.

About 100,000 England fans are expected to travel Germany to soak up the atmosphere - but mostly they'll be doing that outside the ground. So the Football Supporters' Federation has launched a petition to protest.

It accepts that sponsors contribute cash to the game, but as the federation's Alan Bloore puts it: "I know a lad who follows England abroad, but he hasn't got one ticket. Yet somebody could go and buy a beer, burger or cola and get a ticket for an England match. I'll argue black and blue that it's wrong."

If you've missed out on tickets so far, maybe the last-gasp chance to go through sponsors' promotions is a good thing? If not, there's always the petition, bound for Fifa boss Sepp Blatter when it's complete.

In answer to your questions. . .

bbcsport_logo.gifLONDON - Nick raised some questions in reply to Ricco's latest entry and I have been in touch with Roger Mosey, director of BBC Sport, to get some answers.

Why do you have Ian Wright as part of your television coverage for the World Cup?

RM: All pundits divide opinion - and they have fans and critics. We believe Ian Wright brings a fresh and different point-of-view to our panels, and he's a good part of the mix.

Why does the BBC feel the need to take 300 people to Germany for the World Cup?

RM: The World Cup will be the BBC's biggest outside broadcast of the year - and it will be covered extensively on television, radio and online as well as by our news services at home and abroad. To do this properly, we need the appropriate number of staff in Germany. But on these kind of major events our staffing levels compare favourably with other international broadcasters, and our priority is delivering quality to our audiences.

Will the total cost of the BBC's World Cup coverage be published?

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