Tuesday, July 24, 2007

South Africa begins enforcement of all seat stadia

Regulations for all-seater stadia are being put in place ahead of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According to South African Police Service senior superintendent Vish Naidoo, "only the person holding the ticket of a specific seat may be allowed to sit there. At the moment it only refers to the seat number. During the World Cup only the person in whose name it is bought will be allowed to sit in the allocated seat." Naidoo said details of how this would be implemented would be dealt with by FIFA, but it was unlikely that people would have to carry an identity book or passport. He said fans would have to start getting used to the idea of sitting in their own seats and although it would be a challenge, spectators had to understand it was part of the regulations, Soccer Investor reported.

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