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Beckenbauer slams pricey World Cup tickets

AFP · 20 Jan 2010, 07:17

Published: 20 Jan 2010 07:17 GMT+01:00

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Beckenbauer, who captained Germany to World Cup success in 1974 and coached the winning side in 1990, says few German fans can afford the expensive tickets and are put off by South Africa's reputation for crime.

Only 6,700 of the 21,000 tickets allocated for German fans have been bought by supporters here eager to see their heroes play against Ghana, Serbia and Australia in the group stages.

"Not only are there doubts by those thinking of travelling there, because of security, but the tickets are too expensive," Beckenbauer, who is on FIFA's executive committee, told German broadcaster Sky.

"What normal person can afford €5,000 to €6,000 for one week?" he added without specifying how he reached the figure.

The cheapest ticket for the tournament's first game, South Africa against Mexico in Johannesburg on June 11, costs €140 ($200), according to the FIFA website The most expensive ticket for the final on July 11 is €630 while the cheapest ticket for a group stage game is €56, while accomodation is said to be expensive for the tournament.

While organisers are making every effort to ensure fans safety at the World Cup, the first to take place on the African continent, Beckenbauer says there are still safety issues.

"The organisers are doing everything to ensure the event has the best security," said the former Bayern Munich defender. "They are prepared for nearly every type of attack, they can't do more But no country in the world can now say they are 100 percent safe."

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And Beckenbauer even offered advice for fans travelling to the tournament.

"People need to be watching out everywhere they go," said Beckenbauer. "It's best to be over-cautious, stay in groups whenever possible."

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Your comments about this article

09:21 January 20, 2010 by Sibo
This security thing is really being exaggerated, I am South Africa and yes we do experience incidents of crime but it is not like everyone who walks the streets gets shot or mugged. Tourists visit South Africa in their millions a year, i don't understands what would be difference between them and the World Cup tourists. Come on people those who don't wanna come must make it clear that they don't have ,money, SA is a long haul destination and it is not cheap to get here as for the pricey tickets raised by Beckenbaur, weren't German tickets also around the same price
10:12 January 20, 2010 by nicgman
I'm with Sibo... I come from Cape Town and in 28 years never even been mugged once, and I lived in the city.
11:01 January 20, 2010 by Baynik
I am also originally from South Africa and to say that tourists would be safe in SA is just a stupid denial of the real situation! Every day people are being mobbed and killed in my beautiful heimat! Read the Afrikaans and English newspapers available online! South Africa is a fantastic place spoiled by an incompetent government, useless police force and a considerable group of people who see no value on life! Together, they cause people from all walks of life to live in fear of being hijacked, raped or killed! I am so glad this World Cup gives some exposure to this problem in the media, but alas, there would be no change!!! By the way Mr Beckenbauer, the tickets prices are too high, but hey try paying that in Rand!!!!
23:10 January 20, 2010 by moorekwesi
at least,i'm happy the europeans have to pay that much to get on a plane to SA.it's same for Africans who travel to Europe..plane fares are very expensive from Africa to Europe and they should also suffer it...
23:52 January 20, 2010 by ado1000
What this article doesn't mention is that Australian fans (Germany's group rival) have bought 5 times the number of tickets compared to Germany.
13:19 January 21, 2010 by thomasmartin
Africa is not for sissies!
13:15 January 28, 2010 by sammyline
you will be robbed and killed and mugged there you will have a bad time and will see i was right dont go there ...
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