FIFA give 120,000 free World Cup tickets to South Africa

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DURBAN, Nov 24 (Reuters) FIFA will give 120,000 free tickets to South African residents for matches in the 2010 World Cup finals, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said at a news conference today.

It was announced yesterday that South African residents would be able to purchase specially-priced cheap tickets for the finals and the price for first round matches, apart from the opening match, was set at 20 US dollars today.

As well as these Category Four tickets being sold, Valcke added: ''the cost of the 120,000 free tickets in that category will be met by FIFA's commercial partners.'' The most expensive tickets for first round matches was set at US160 dollars, rising to US900 dollars for the most expensive tickets for the World Cup final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010.

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