Fifa hoping for suite deal

JEROME Valcke, Fifa's secretary-general, is negotiating with suite holders at the Confederations Cup match venues to also open the areas for soccer.

JEROME Valcke, Fifa's secretary-general, is negotiating with suite holders at the Confederations Cup match venues to also open the areas for soccer.

This comes after thousands of passionate South African soccer followers complained that most of the suites at the stadiums were not used for soccer.

The fans' argument is that all the suites are open during rugby games.

Valcke, a former journalist, said Fifa had also asked its commercial partners to return match tickets if they were not using them.

"We are talking to them to open the hospitality areas during the matches. We had the same problem in Germany [during the 2005 Confederations Cup]," he said.

Overall, Valcke said they were happy with the turnout at matches, saying they expected even greater support during the 2010 World Cup.

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