- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2009

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The organizer of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa said problems that often lead to stadium stampedes won’t be an issue during the tournament.

Danny Jordaan spoke to reporters in South Africa on Monday, a day after a stampede at a World Cup qualifying match in Ivory Coast killed at least 19 people.

Jordaan says many African fans buy their tickets when they reach the stadium, and often arrive late to do that, creating an impatient crowd outside that can spark an incident.

When the World Cup comes to South Africa in 2010, match tickets will have to be purchased well in advance. Jordaan says those without tickets will be “stopped kilometers away,” and fans will be urged to arrive early.

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