JOHANNESBURG - FIFA said on Wednesday it
would release 2,000 tickets for the World Cup quarter-finals
which had been reserved by fans who hoped their teams would
reach the last eight but had seen them eliminated.
"Tickets for the quarter-finals will be, as of noon today,
released," FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said at a media
briefing on Wednesday.
There are 500 tickets available for the Brazil-Netherlands
match at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth; 1,200 for
the Uruguay-Ghana match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg;
and 300 tickets available for Argentina-Germany match at
Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town.
Maingot said FIFA would release more information regarding
the Paraguay-Spain match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
The football governing body also said almost 4 million fans
had watched games at fan fests, with about 1.7 million going to
sites in South Africa and about 2.2 million to its six
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