AP, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3 PM
FIFA is giving away some free tickets for the Confederations Cup semifinal match between Spain and the United States. The governing body of world soccer said there were about 6,000 tickets still
on sale for the match at the 38,000-seat Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. "There will be a certain number of tickets given on a complimentary basis,'' FIFA spokesman Nicolas
said. "Again, it's a gesture from FIFA ... for people to have a chance to enjoy this game.''
After sparse crowds in the opening few matches of the
World Cup warmup event in South Africa, FIFA decided to distribute tickets to certain institutions such as schools and local authorities to hand out for free. FIFA, however, has not said how many
tickets have been given out for any of the matches thus far. Tickets at this year's Confederations Cup range from $10 to as high as $200 for the final, an unreachable price for many poor people in
South Africa, where unemployment is about 25 percent.
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