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?

4 responses so far
  • george // March 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The next big football event should be hosted by Cyprus the Brazil of the mediterranean as many have said. The stadiums will be packed. Cyprus will qualify to the next Euro with or without Portugal. Mark my words folks.

  • skipper // March 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I’ll have whatever george is smoking!

    This story does remind me of the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies not so long ago, the crowds there were awful. I hope they sell the tickets to locals at prices they can actually afford.

    Also, ban the vuvueuela

  • Liam // March 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Im with the Skip; roll me one up too George! Thats strong stuff youre on mate.
    South Africa was a bad choice from the start; why are they surprised? I think the crowds will look like some of the crowds in the first rounds of Italia90.

  • george // March 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I know I have been like this since 3 years old when i fell into the pot..Drugs dont affect me anymore. Portugal will be breakfast for Cyprus. Bread and butter!

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