RIO DE JANEIRO — About an hour before Friday’s match between France and Switzerland at Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, some German fans decided to provide an unexpected gift to locals who wanted to experience the World Cup, but were unable to afford tickets.
According to a Brazilian website, a German boy asked a Brazilian girl if she wanted tickets and then handed her an envelope with two tickets inside for her and her brother. There was no charge, the boy just wanted to do a good deed — and he had 10 other tickets he planned to sell to Swiss fans, who, he said, “have a lot of money.”
"I have some tickets here and decided to give the population of Salvador,” Moritz Wohlrab told uol.com. “Seems that people here just getting [shut] out of the World Cup, just for not having money to buy tickets.
"Our goal is to make people happy. Shame on a World Cup in Brazil [where] most people [can’t afford to go to] the games."
While several local Brazilians have attended games, many others have been shut out simply because of the price gouging on the secondary market. The tickets Wohlrab gave out for free had a face value of $90, but were being sold in front of the stadium for as much as $400. And those were on the cheap side. Chilean fans — the ones who stormed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janiero on Wednesday because they didn’t have tickets — complained that scalper tickets for the game against Spain were going for nearly $1,100. FIFA does not allow scalpers to sell tickets above face value, but has done little in the way of policing the scalping, which has drawn a lot of criticism by fans who have traveled to the World Cup only to be priced out of the stadiums.
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