Sunil Chhetri effect: 50,000 tickets available for Asian Cup qualifiers | Soccer News


A day after Sunil Chhetri said he was surprised to learn that only 15,000 tickets were available for each of the three Asian Cup qualifying matchdays at Salt Lake Stadium, the Football Federation of India ( AIFF) increased the number to 50,000 for Wednesday when India play Cambodia from 8.30pm after Hong Kong meet Afghanistan. All tickets are free.

“The AIFF has scheduled 50,000 tickets for Wednesday,” said Rahul Parashar of the federation’s competitions department. “Depending on the response, the AIFF will decide on the figures for the remaining matchdays.”

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After Chhetri appeared in disbelief at the lack of response, tickets sold out minutes after they were made available on a website on Saturday afternoon. Parashar said it was because some of the tickets were released.

Another federation official said that after allocating tickets to the government, IFA and AIFF partners, there were only about 8,000 tickets left and some of those were put away. available. The official requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Following this, the organisers, which include AIFF, the state government and the Football Association of India, the apex unit of sport in West Bengal, held a meeting during which the decision to increase the number of tickets has been taken. The state government, said the AIFF official who did not want to be named, has agreed to allow up to 75,000 people. The logistical challenges of having the tickets government stamped and distributed in time for Wednesday’s game remain.

On Saturday, Chhetri posted a video message on the national team’s Twitter account where, with a handful of Bengali, he apologized for India’s performance against Bangladesh in October 2019 which was not up to par. height of the support the team got and asked Kolkata “to leave the three teams that are going to play against us, plus you.

Specific time frames needed: Patel

Former AIFF president Praful Patel says Fifa delegation scheduled for New Delhi later this month will need ‘specific timetables’ regarding drafting of new constitution and election members of the office. This will save India from a ban due to third-party interference after the Supreme Court appointed a board of trustees to run the federation, he said. It is possible that the delegation “helps the CoA to formalize the constitution”.

Patel, a member of the executive committee of the Fifa Council and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), said on Saturday that he had “asked” the world and Asian bodies to allow the Asian Cup qualifiers to take place. . “We succeeded to the extent that an immediate suspension did not occur.” Patel also said he would meet the delegation.


    Dhiman Sarkar is Kolkata based with over two decades as a sports journalist. He mainly writes about football.
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