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Carling Black Label Cup: Spectators Warned About Nearly 8 000 Fake Tickets Being Sold at Soccer City
- Nearly 90 000 people are expected to go through the turnstiles of Soccer City for Saturday's Carling Black Label Cup extravaganza
- Mamelodi Sundowns will clash with AmaZulu in the early kick-off before Kaizer Chiefs collides with Orlando Pirates afterwards
- Those who have not yet bought their tickets have been warned against counterfeit ones they might buy at the venue
A full house of around 90 000 people is expected to turn out at Soccer City in Soweto for the Carling Black Label Cup.
This will be the first time that the competition has a four-team format, with Mamelodi Sundowns trying to negotiate past AmaZulu in one semifinal, and Kaizer Chiefs attempting to overcome Orlando Pirates again in the other one.
Unsurprisingly, as reported by The Citizen, opportunistic ticket scalpers will look to take advantage, with about 7 500 tickets sold in the vicinity of the stadium precinct confirmed to be fake. Fans have been encouraged to buy tickets from credible outlets in advance, to avoid being cheated.
Stadium Management South Africa chief executive officer Bertie Grobler said:
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“We are now busy reconciling, and it would be wrong for me to say there were 7 500 fake tickets… But there were 7 500 failures and of that definitely a large portion were fake tickets. The other thing that we are now closing in on with assistance from the police and crime intelligence is the selling of fake tickets at the venue.
"The issue we have had is that of the printing paper that fell into the hands of illegal ticket printers. They have probably run out of paper and are now using fake paper which is easier to pick up than the original thermal paper.”
A couple of weeks ago ahead of the DStv Premiership encounter between the Buccaneers and Amakhosi, there was a security concern at the stadium after the United States of America's government warned of a possible terroristic threat to South Africa, as per IOL.
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Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos chose to set the cat among the pigeons regarding the timing Black Label Cup.
He described the competition as a cash-grabbing waste of time, also criticizing its timing as he prepares the national team for two friendlies against Mozambique and Angola, as reported by Sports Brief. In response, Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro chose to be diplomatic in response to the Belgian's outburst.
The Buccaneers will contribute Miguel Timm, Monnapule Saleng and Zakhele Lepasa to the national team five days after the Carling Black Label Cup.