The match between Egypt and Uruguay end up in a controversy as the mystry over the empty seats at World Cup game.
As Egypt and Uruguay kicked off Friday’s action, the eye was immediately drawn to the hundreds of empty, orange seats spread around the Ekaterinburg Arena. The two soaring temporary seating sections at either end of the pitch appeared to be almost completely full, with one dominated by Egyptian fans and the other by the Uruguayans.
FIFA say that the match had been close to a sellout but had no explanation as to why fans who bought those tickets hadn’t turned up.
Last week, FIFA said: “With just seven days to go until the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA can confirm that 2,403,116 tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world since sales started in September 2017.”
But today FIFA said, “We can confirm that 32,278 tickets have been allocated for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Ekaterinburg,”.
A general view of empty seats in the stands around Egypt fans
Fifa is started their investigation why Egypt and Uruguay were playing in front of thousands of empty seats at their World Cup match in Ekaterinburg on Friday.
“The FIFA World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061. The fact that the current attendance doesn’t reflect the amount of allocated tickets can be due to different factors, which FIFA is currently investigating.”
Fifa has allocated about 2.5 million tickets to the month-long showpiece, with the Russian organisers saying that nearly all the tickets have already been sold.
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