TURFING THE NET

HeadLine: TURFING THE NET

The Mirror, 19/02/2001, p21
by SHAUN MILNE

THE SFA last night scrapped plans to sell tickets for the 2002 World
Cup in Japan on the internet after FIFA bungled its first cyber launch.
Tartan Army fans will now only be able to get tickets from the SFA
through the official Travel Club postal ballot – should Craig Brown’s
squad qualify for the greatest show on Earth.
Officials had considered putting tickets up for sale over the net to
prevent the kind of scenes which plagued the World Cup fiasco of France
98.
But when applications for the first of the 1.3million tickets being
released in Tokyo kicked-off on Friday, the system went into meltdown.
It sparked a mad scramble among fans in Japan and Korea who were forced
to queue for hours for application forms from post offices and local
government offices.
Embarrassed FIFA officials faxed all competing nations, including
Scotland, to notify them of the blunder and delay.
Fraser Grant, 24, an ex-pat Scot working in Tokyo, said: “I was trying
for ages to get through on my laptop but it was no good.
“In the end, everyone was queuing up outside post offices desperate to
try to get hold of some forms.”
The SFA said they were confident no such problems would occur when
Scotland gets its allocation.
Spokesman Andy Mitchell said: “We have a system for worldwide ticket
distribution which works well, so we see no reason to fix something
that isn’t broken.
“We have no plans to sell any of our allocation on the internet. We
have 12,000 travel club members who will be informed of our sale by
mailshot.”
For the moment, fans can only apply for tickets in person in Japan and
hope they are a lucky winner in a random draw.

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