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FIFA ticketing systems crash

About 700 people pushed and shoved and organisers threatened to shut down a World Cup ticket centre as fans scrambled for a last chance to watch the tournament’s biggest games — only to discover that FIFA’s systems had crashed.

sports Updated: May 29, 2010 00:00 IST

About 700 people pushed and shoved and organisers threatened to shut down a World Cup ticket centre as fans scrambled for a last chance to watch the tournament’s biggest games — only to discover that FIFA’s systems had crashed.

Two hours into Friday’s final release, no one had been able to buy any of the 160,000 tickets still available for the world’s biggest football tournament.

FIFA said ticket service provider Match was experiencing “significant delays” due to technical problems across all sales channels, which include FIFA’s own ticket centres as well as local bank branches. FNB, the bank which acts as a World Cup ticket distributor in South Africa, said FIFA’s ticketing system crashed again on Friday morning due to a volume overload.

Essien ruled out

London: Ghana’s World Cup preparations suffered a setback when midfielder Michael Essien was ruled out with a knee injury as Spain’s Fernando Torres made progress in his recovery from a knee problem.

Essien picked up the injury in January and the Chelsea player will be sorely missed at soccer’s biggest event.