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'Stampedes not an issue' for 2010

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Ticketless fans will not be allowed near the stadiums at the World Cup

The organisers of the 2010 World Cup have insisted that the problems that often lead to stadium stampedes in Africa will not be an issue in South Africa.

Danny Jordaan, the president of the World Cup organising committee, was speaking a day after a stampede at a 2010 qualifier in Ivory Coast.

At least 19 people were killed before the Elephants game with Malawi.

Jordaan says many African fans buy their tickets only when they reach the stadium, and often arrive late to do that, creating an impatient crowd outside that can spark an incident.

When the World Cup comes to South Africa in 2010, match tickets will have to be purchased well in advance.

Jordaan says those without tickets will be "stopped kilometres away," and fans will be urged to arrive early.



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