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June 13, 2010

No-shows at Korea-Greece in question

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- FIFA is investigating whether transportation and ticket distribution systems failed after at least 8,000 seat-holders failed to attend the World Cup match between South Korea and Greece in Port Elizabeth.

FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot says that "it looked like a lot of people did not show up" at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which holds 42,486 spectators for World Cup games.

Only 31,513 people attended South Korea's 2-0 victory on Saturday, which kicked off at 1:30 p.m. local time, though 8,000 more tickets were sold.

FIFA cut prices for group sale tickets to be allocated among local businesses and public service workers.

Maingot says FIFA paid for extra buses to bring fans to the stadium.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press