FIFA: No-show fans reason for empty seats

The Associated Press
FIFA: No-show fans reason for empty seats
.

View gallery

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- FIFA says no-show fans explain why just one of the first 14 World Cup matches played to a full stadium.

Only Argentina's 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina had 100 percent attendance, with 74,738 spectators at Maracana Stadium on Sunday.

Brazil's opening win against Croatia had 436 no-shows in Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo. It was 99.3 percent full.

Television pictures show patches of empty lower-tier seats at most matches.

The best match had the highest rate of unclaimed seats: A 92.8 percent turnout for the Netherlands beating Spain 5-1 in Salvador on Friday.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says fans are not offering tickets for sale through FIFA's website.

Fischer says ''most are uncollected tickets because people who have not been coming to the match have not put them on the resale platform.''

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • West Ham's Carroll remains doubtful for Watford clash

      West Ham's Carroll remains doubtful for Watford clash

      (Reuters) - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic will make a late call on whether to include recovering striker Andy Carroll in the squad for Saturday's Premier League clash against London rivals Watford. The 28-year-old Carroll, who has scored … More »

      Reuters - 7 minutes ago
    • Rooney to stay at Man United

      Rooney to stay at Man United

      Manchester United's Wayne Rooney intends to stay at the club, ending speculation that he could move to China. “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am … More »

      Reuters - 10 minutes ago
    • Everton's Bolasie set for second surgery on damaged knee

      Everton's Bolasie set for second surgery on damaged knee

      (Reuters) - Yannick Bolasie may not play for Everton again until the end of 2017, with manager Ronald Koeman confirming that the winger would undergo a second operation on his knee. The 27-year-old, who joined from Crystal Palace in August for an … More »

      Reuters - 22 minutes ago
    • Everton's Bolasie set for second surgery on damaged knee

      Everton's Bolasie set for second surgery on damaged knee

      (Reuters) - Yannick Bolasie may not play for Everton again until the end of 2017, with manager Ronald Koeman confirming that the winger would undergo a second operation on his knee. The 27-year-old, who joined from Crystal Palace in August for an … More »

      Reuters - 22 minutes ago
    • Barcelona to open academy in southern China

      (Reuters) - Barcelona will open a soccer academy in southern China this year in partnership with local developer Mission Hills Group, the La Liga club said on Friday. The academy, to be based in Haikou, capital of the island province of Hainan, … More »

      Reuters - 50 minutes ago