Injustice for Travelling Fans
As you obviously all know, the Socceroos will be playing 2 away matches in June. One in Dubai against Iraq, and the other in Qatar against, you guessed it, Qatar. Our dedicated traveling Socceroo supporters still have no information on obtaining tickets for independent travellers.
There are of course package deals available from the Fanatics. An Australian Sports Travel Company. By all means, use this company if you do not wish to organise your own itinerary. However, due to my experience during the World Cup in 2006, I cannot endorse this company on this Blog.
A mate of mine who has booked his own tour through the middle east with his wife has so far been unable to find out how to obtain tickets, as have many other Aussies who can be found on the Green and Gold Army Forum. A number of these people including my mate have contacted the FFA (Football Federation Australia), our governing body. Below is an e-mail to the FFA and their answer.
As per my previous correspondence I am growing even more concerned, being only 3 weeks out from leaving Australia and still having no official word on the availability of tickets for the upcoming WCQ matches in Dubai and Doha.
In your reply you have stated that “Despite attempts we have not received any information”, but surely there must be information available now as I have confirmed that an Australian tour company, The Fanatics, are selling packages with tickets for these games.
I have no intention of paying the inflated Fanatics prices for their packages just to get tickets, as I have already booked accommodation and scheduled our itinerary. It would most distressing to believe the FFA are implicitly trying to force the most dedicated Socceroo supporters (you would have to admit, the people who travel to the Middle East for these games must be reasonably dedicated) to take up the Fanatics package. If this is not the case (and I truly hope not), then if a private company can access tickets, surely a national federation playing in the fixture should be able to access tickets for the handful of its supporters who will be attending.
As I have stated earlier this situation is becoming concerning now, as it is only 3 weeks before we leave on our Middle Eastern trip to support our beloved Socceroos. I really hope you can shed some light very soon on the availability for tickets for these WCQ’s
Yours in football,…..”
As mentioned previously, FFA do not have control over ticketing in other countries. If we are able to attain information we will post this to our website immediately for public access, however for the time being we have not received such details.
If you wish to contact Fanatics to see if they have any ticketing details please do so.
Once again, FFA apologise for any inconvenience.
Football Federation Australia“
In my view this is totally unacceptable from the governing body. How dare they treat the fans, the people who actually turn up in far flung places to watch the Socceroos, like they do not exist? I can assure you that nearly every one of those fans will be watching Australia play in Brisbane AND Sydney LIVE at the venue. Close to full venues in these cities will benefit the FFA financially. Put something back into supporting the fans that support you’re National Team Ben Buckley, and you will reap even bigger rewards.
If the Fanatics can obtain Tickets I am damn sure the FFA can. All the independent traveller wants is access to Match tickets without HAVING to buy an accommodation package as well.
Fair go FFA, support your fans. We are the people who eventually pay your wages and I bet, your bonuses as well.