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Brazilians accuse FIFA of ticket ripoff

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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian prosecutors want FIFA and local World Cup organizers to pay nearly $2 million in damages for alleged ticket irregularities at a Confederations Cup venue.

Prosecutors in the northeastern state of Pernambuco say organizers did not provide the services that fans paid for at the Arena Pernambuco during the warm-up tournament this year, especially in relation to seating location.

FIFA's agent in tickets sales, MATCH Services, has also been included in Friday's court action.

Many fans complained their seats were not as good as shown when they made the purchases, and that some ticket orders forced people to sit in opposite sides of the stadium.

Prosecutors said they took action after interviewing some of the fans who complained about their tickets, with many saying they thought they would be sitting near the field but ended up sitting high up in the stands..

Prosecutors said they hope the lawsuit will help prevent the same problem from happening again during next year's World Cup, a tournament for which FIFA has already sold nearly 1.2 million tickets. Nearly 3.3 million tickets in total will be sold for football's showcase event next year..

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2013 C4

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