Thursday, August 27, 2009

Costa Rica reissuing tickets for Mexico game due to counterfeit fears

San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) - Costa Rican football officials are reissuing tickets for next month's critical World Cup qualifying match against Mexico, fearing the market is flooded with counterfeit tickets.

The Sept. 5 match is crucial to determining which team reaches next year's World Cup in South Africa. Costa Rica leads CONCACAF qualifying with 12 points, but the United States and Honduras are right behind with 10 and Mexico has 9. The top three automatically advance.

"We have received information about counterfeited tickets," the Costa Rican Football Federation said on Wednesday. "The rumour is pretty solid, which is why we made the decision."

Fans will be able to trade in old tickets for new ones from Thursday at Saprissa Stadium, where the match will be played. Holders of duplicate tickets will face questioning from police and judicial investigators.

A few days ago the newspaper Diario Extra reported counterfeit tickets were on sale, some for more than the official prices.

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