Friday, July 27, 2007

Saudi Arabia buying support at Asian Cup final

Saudi Arabia has reportedly booked 15,000 tickets for its supporters to attend its Asian Cup final against Iraq in Jakarta on Sunday night. On Friday the Indonesian organising committee of the event confirmed that the Saudi team's management had booked 15,000 tickets costing Rp 50,000 each. Besides this, 10,000 more tickets priced at Rp 100,000 each were also reported to have been booked by World Sport Group, an intimate marketing associate of the Asian Football Confederation.

Indonesian newspapers earlier reported that only about 2,000 tickets had been sold for the match, which will be held at the 88,000 capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and Antara news agency surmised the ticket purchases were made to ensure a fitting finale for Asia's premier football tournament.

The Indonesian organising committee had hoped the final would have been between Japan and South Korea as both countries have a sizeable number of their citizens in Jakarta and had subsequently and unsuccessfully tried to convince the AFC to transfer the 3/4 final between the two nations from provincial Palembang to Jakarta as a curtain-raiser for the main event.

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