FIFA has distanced itself from ticketing scams that sold fake tickets to soccer fans, leaving them frustrated at various stadiums across the country.
Fifa spokesperson Nicolas Maingot said yesterday fans had been warned in advance not to buy tickets from service providers who were not accredited to the organisation.
This after a number of fans were denied access to various stadiums when it was found that their tickets were not legit.
"We have published many warnings since 2006 that people who want to buy tickets should buy tickets through Fifa channels," Maingot said.
He also pleaded with the media to spread the message and warn fans to steer clear of people selling fake tickets.
Fans who want to buy or re-sell their tickets should go to any FNB branch, Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets or Fifa centres. Fans could also call 083-123-2010 to verify the status of their tickets or change any details on them.
The ticketing scams have also swindled more than R6,5million from a number of local companies like petrochemicals giant Sasol.
The Sunday Times reported that a ticketing firm invoiced Sasol Oil, a Sasol business unit, for R3,3million. The company had paid for 110 tickets for the two semifinals and the final. It also paid for VIP hospitality services at matches, including meals and drinks.
Clifford Green, a lawyer acting for Fifa and its hospitality affiliate Match, confirmed to the Sunday Times this week that he had handed over a dossier of affidavits from seven companies, outlining their huge losses.
Fifa Fan Fests were also highlighted as a success throughout the World Cup.
Durban's Fan Fest was the second most attended viewing area with about 375571 fans attending. Germany's Berlin Fan Fest was number one with 385255 fans.
The Fan Fest in Cape Town was the third most visited during the tournament.
Johannesburg Fan Fests were among the least visited due to freezing weather conditions and the early exit of Bafana Bafana from the tournament.
Head of Fifa business development and new media Ralph Straus said: "We will use the learnings (sic) from the 2010 World Cup to define what we will do in Brazil (2014)." - Sapa