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World Cup Tickets in Heavy Demand as First Sales Phase Ends

ZURICH (Friday, April 27, 2001) - Tickets for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan are in enormous demand. The initial phase of ticket applications ends at midnight Korea/Japan time (15:00 GMT) on Monday 30 April 2001, when the FIFA World Cup(tm) Ticket Application website will close and no more online applications will be accepted. Applications sent by post and fax must be received by this deadline in order to be considered for the initial sales phase.

Because of the overwhelming demand, the FIFA Ticketing Sub-Committee has decided that the FIFA World Cup(tm) Ticket Application site will remain closed until after the random selection process is complete. This will take place on Tuesday 15 May 2001.

Many of the ticket series have been over-subscribed, meaning that many applicants will be unsuccessful. Letters will be posted on 16 or 17 May 2001 to the main applicant on each ticket application, confirming whether the application has been selected and will therefore be fulfilled (subject to payment), or whether it has been unsuccessful.

The FIFA World Cup(tm) Ticket Application website will reopen at 15:00 (GMT) on 16 May 2001 to enable registered users to view the status of their application, but it will not be possible to make ticket applications at this time. The Ticket Application Site will re-open for applications in the intermediate sales phase at midnight Korea/Japan time (15:00 GMT) on Wednesday 23 May 2001.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup(tm) Ticketing Bureau (WCTB), which is implementing FIFA's ticketing policy, undertakes all international ticket sales on behalf of football's world governing body.

2002 FIFA World Cup (tm) Ticketing Bureau

PO Box 2002
Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7RR
England, UK
Phone: +44-870/123 2002
Fax: +44-870/124 2002

Source: FIFA