The controversy over the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 ticket pricing has led the Egypt Football Association (EFA) to reconsider its strategy.
Fans, celebrities and football players reacted in anger to the high costs of tickets on social media, with the cheapest equating to approximately $6 (€5.34/£4.60).
The cost of a ticket featuring the Egyptian team were up to $145, which are considered too expensive for the average host nation football fan.
Abo Rida, the EFA president, said, according to the BBC: “We will think again about the tickets prices with the Local Organising Committee.
“We are trying to bring the fans back to the stadiums again and that’s the main aim for us at this tournament.”
Former Egypt and Zamalek striker Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam said that he was stunned by the prices, stating that “EGP200 ($11.66) is too much.”
“Has football suddenly become a game for the rich in Egypt?” he said, according to Ahram Online. “Who would pay EGP 600 to watch Egypt’s first three matches within a span of 10 days? This would be 35 per cent of their monthly income.
“Prices for the lowest category of tickets should be reconsidered. Raise the prices of the first class tickets all you want, since there are citizens who can even pay EGP 10,000 for the first class ticket, but the lowest category should not exceed EGP 100 EGP; which is 5 per cent of the minimum wage in Egypt (EGP 2,000). Even EGP 100 is too much.”
Actor Mahmoud El-Bezawy and Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah also engaged in the pricing debate on Twitter.
On Monday the head of the tournament’s tickets committee, Amr El-Bortoqali, announced the prices were fixed in consultation with the Confederation of African Football.
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