Thursday, January 28, 2010

With 133 days left until the World Cup begins in South Africa, it would seem that not as much of the world is going to descend on the country as would have been expected.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke has come out and admitted that the tournament is likely to attract less than half of the expected number of foreign fans.

The official line is that fans have found too few flights to meet demand, but a nod was also given to the safety fears of many.

Flights are certainly not as great in numbers as to say Germany four years ago and the length and sheer price of many flights is putting people off.

The safety aspect is what would worry me, although being a Scotland fan it's not exactly something we've had to give too much thought to! As we've mentioned before, watching Louis Theroux's documentary on crime in Johannesburg just over a year ago was enough to put me off visiting the South Africa for life.

The whole Togo incident in Angola (although many miles away) won't have helped and an English company was criticised recently for selling body armour for fans to protect themselves, which could be adorned with your country's flag!

What all this probably will means is less excitement and less rivalry coming from the terraces (and probably less fighting off it, which will be good) and more of those bloody horns.

Don't expect to see empty seats too often though, as nearly two million tickets have been sold so far - mostly to South Africans.

If any readers are planning on heading down for the finals then get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


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