It’s all going slightly wrong at Moses Mabhida stadium
60% of World Cup tickets returned unsold, while pensioners faint
The last thing anyone wants to do is add to ongoing hysteria surrounding the South Africans’ ability to host an incident-free World Cup (don’t worry UK, we’ll get our turn in 2012). However, recent news from the country’s sunny climes will have undoubtedly caused a few sleepless nights for the tournament’s PR team this week.
Host city Durban was recently slapped with a warning notice by labour department inspectors and given 60 days to get its poop together, after the “Sky Car”, a hilariously unnecessary tourist-baiting cable car stretched over the top of the otherwise beautiful Moses Mabhida stadium, got stuck 347ft in mid-air.
Officials decided to call round when news got out a 63-year-old woman collapsed while trying to navigate the 550-step emergency exit earlier this week.
Meanwhile, the grim spectre of unsold tickets is still lingering around this summer’s event, with football associations around the world returning surplus passes for the first time in decades. Nearly 60% (yes – six-oh, SIXTY) of seats allocated to competing nations are being sent back, including 1,000 of the English FA’s pile.
So, what does the unsold ticket issue mean – should we be bracing ourselves for a comparatively limp-dicked atmosphere this summer? Or is this a good opportunity for some of Africa’s poorer, but stupendously football-mad fans to get their hands on cut-price seats?