Empty seats at Uruguay’s World Cup win over Egypt spark Fifa investigation

2018/6/16 17:40:42

Fifa said the attendance at Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt was 27,015 in a stadium with a 33,061 capacity. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Fifa via Getty Images


By Jonathan Wilson at the Ekaterinburg Arena for The Guardian, 

Last modified on Fri 15 Jun 2018 22.01 BST


Fifa is looking into why there were more than 6,000 unoccupied seats at Uruguay’s 1-0 win against Egypt on Ekaterinburg’s first day of World Cup action. Although the two looming ends of the ground were largely full, there were swaths of empty orange seats down both sides.

“We can confirm that the official attendance for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Ekaterinburg is 27,015,” a Fifa spokesman said. “The Fifa World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061. The fact that the actual attendance is lower than the number of allocated tickets can be due to different factors, including ‘no shows’ on match day, which Fifa is currently investigating.”

There were also problems with a complicated queueing system. All morning, at various venues throughout the city, there were long lines stretching from venues handing out the fan IDs necessary to gain access to the ground.



https://www.theguardian.com/football/2 ... ld-cup-fifa-investigation



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