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FIFA Launch Investigation Into Empty Seats During Egypt Uruguay Match

FIFA Launch Investigation Into Empty Seats During Egypt Uruguay Match
By Eoin Lyons Updated

There were thousands of empty seats on display today as Uruguay took on Egypt in the second match of Group A. Even the stands facing the TV cameras were not full, with many empty sections visible to viewers.

A FIFA spokesman said: "We can confirm that the official attendance for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Ekaterinburg is 27,015. The FIFA World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061".

The fact that the actual attendance is lower than the number of allocated tickets can be due to different factors, including 'no shows' on match day, which FIFA is currently investigating.

Reports are also surfacing that as many as eight of the tournament’s remaining 12 opening group fixtures have not sold out, including England's opening match against Tunisia.

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The empty seats were not lost by viewers at home, who tweeted their disapproval at the lack of a crowd in the Yekaterinburg Stadium:

 

Journalist Eoghan Rice of The Times highlighted the biggest fallout from the news:

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