Fans get their say

BRUSSELS - Fans from across the globe rather than Fifa officials will determine the man-of-the-match awards at this year's World Cup.

BRUSSELS - Fans from across the globe rather than Fifa officials will determine the man-of-the-match awards at this year's World Cup.

The technical study group of world soccer's governing body has until now selected the best player from each game, but for the first time the awards will be made according to online and mobile text voting.

The innovation is part of a digital media drive unveiled on Friday by World Cup sponsor Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Fans will be chosen to present the trophies to players at the 64 matches.

The Budweiser brewer is also behind "Bud House", a Big Brother-type show bringing 32 fans from each of the qualifying nations under one roof in Cape Town.

At the start of the tournament, the 16 female and 16 male participants will sleep in rooms based on the World Cup group phase pools.

The two fans of the finalists will get tickets for the match. - Reuters

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