World Cup organisers face criticism for steep ticket prices, reportedly leaving thousands of seats empty for Saturday’s clash between England and South Africa in Paris.
According to an article on the UK’s Daily Mail, France 2023’s exclusive ticket sales control, backed by a court ruling, forces returned tickets to be resold at the original price.
It is believed that over 2 000 tickets were still available for the showdown, priced up to £300 (R6 705), with hundreds of premium seats costing £500 (R11 175) unsold. In contrast, other major sports events offer ticket resale options for fans, promoting affordability and accessibility.
Critics argue that controlling markets limits choice and fills stadiums with empty seats, denying eager supporters a chance to attend.
“Attempts to control markets harm fans by limiting their choice, flexibility and access,” ticket exchange and ticket resale brand Viagogo’s managing director Cris Miller told Mail Sport.
“It also risks empty seats when so many people would love to experience these huge events.”