17 Jun 2009

Blatter and organisers unhappy over empty seats

8:03 am on 17 June 2009

FIFA's president Sepp Blatter has suggested that unsold tickets for Confederations Cup matches should be given away rather than have empty seats at games after disappointing opening day crowds.

Blatter told a news briefing before the start of the competition's third match between Brazil and Egypt that he had held a meeting with organisers on Monday morning after neither of Sunday's games attracted capacity crowds.

He says empty seats at Ellis Park in Johannesburgh could have been given to the boys and girls who had taken part in the opening ceremony.

Blatter says the prices of the tickets cannot be too high, but nobody will be offended by bringing young people or poor people into the stadium.

Attendance at the match between five-times world champions Brazil and African champions Egypt, which Blatter attended, was also disappointingly low with the 40,000-capacity Free State Stadium only about half full when the match kicked off.