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FIFA World Cup 2018: Organising body to investigate empty seats at Yekaterinburg during Uruguay's win over Egypt

Moscow: FIFA will be investigating why Egypt and Uruguay were playing in front of thousands of empty seats at their World Cup match in Yekaterinburg on Friday.

There were rows of empty orange seats at the freshly rebuilt arena in the industrial city, situated in the Ural Mountains. FIFA said nearly all the available tickets had been sold and it was investigating why there were so many no-shows.

FIFA will investigate the empty seats since tickets to the match were completely sold out. AP

FIFA will investigate the empty seats owing to the fact that tickets to the match were completely sold out. AP

The two soaring temporary seating sections at either end of the pitch appeared to be almost completely full, with one dominated by Egyptian fans and the other by the Uruguayans. The seats are technically only supposed to be sold to Russian nationals.

"We can confirm that 32,278 tickets have been allocated for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Yekaterinburg. The FIFA World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061," a spokesman for the football's world governing body told AFP.

"The fact that the actual attendance doesn't reflect the amount of allocated tickets can be due to different factors, which FIFA is currently investigating."

FIFA has allocated about 2.5 million tickets to the month-long showpiece, with Russian organisers saying that nearly all the tickets have already been sold. Russians accounted for 46 percent of ticket sales, with the United States buying nearly 90,000.

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Updated Date: Jun 15, 2018 20:34 PM

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