Please recall, Vitaly Leontiyevich Mutko is the same person who was the Minister of Sport during the doping scandal at the Sochi Olympics.
Now ticket sales for the Confederations Cup are an abysmal failure.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be the 10th FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men’s football tournament organised by FIFA.
Please also recall the FIFA corruption scandal.
Doping, corruption, and hooliganism – all state sanctioned. One wonders why fans stay away?
Also, please don’t forget, in 2018 is the World Cup, also to be held in Russia.
The hit parade continues in Russia. Russia needs a miracle. Perhaps Putin will resign. C’mon, miracles can happen.
Mutko is overseeing preparations for the June tournament, with just 211,475 first-phase tickets sold despite some 695,000 being made available.
The second phase of ticket sales starts April 19.
In a report from R-Sport, Mutko stated that “there are worries about ticket sales” while adding “we hope the situation will improve” with more sales outlets set to open next week.
Local fans have purchased the majority of tickets sold so far, followed by Chile. Other countries taking part include Australia, Germany, Portugal and Mexico.
Russian officials’ concerns could be further compounded with the pitch at St. Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium needing resurfacing after the field’s original grass died. Maxim Mitrofanov, CEO of stadium owners Zenit St. Petersburg said the club was working to lay a new field prior to the April 22 match between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg
“It isn’t growing in the best way,” he told St. Petersburg news website Fontanka.
Mitrofanov said the problem came about as a result of delays finishing the stadium’s technical systems in combination with a decision to keep the stadium’s retractable roof closed after FIFA World Cup organising committee officials “decided to build temporary structures” taking up space on the field.