Empty bleachers at France v Peru causes FIFA internal check 

Empty bleachers at France v Peru causes FIFA internal check
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Only 27 thousand people with an arena capacity of 33 thousand attended the game on June 15.

In Yekaterinburg, the investigation over a low fill rate of the local arena for Egypt v Uruguay (first round of the 2018 World Cup group stage) is ongoing. Only 27 thousand people with an arena capacity of 33 thousand attended the game on June 15.

The scandal with empty bleachers may arise again on the Thursday on France v Peru. To prevent this, the inspection headed by Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko will visit the match. Perhaps, chairman of the Russia-2018 organizing committee Arkady Dvorkovich will fly to Yekaterinburg too.

According to the Ura.ru, officials have already taken measures to remedy the situation and distribute available free tickets, received on a quota from FIFA. The Yekaterinburg businessman, who got tickets from a familiar official, discloses it. At the same time, there are no tickets available.

As it was possible to find out, civil servants of various ranks got several hundred tickets, which they had to realize at their own will. Almost every Sverdlovsk Mayor (there are 94 districts) received ten tickets, the top-management of the administration of the city and the region received other tickets.

Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Kuyvashev said after the scandalous match that "FIFA distributes tickets", and FIFA initiated an internal check, the results of which, however, have not yet been announced.

It is noteworthy that some members of the government admitted that they did not receive any tickets, could not buy them or found.

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