Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Spectators bemused by fake tickets to footie

Spectators bemused by fake tickets to footie

Spectators bemused by fake tickets to footie

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to your storiy "2009 league set to kick off" (April 30, 2009).

Last Saturday, when I arrived in the front of the covered seating at the Olympic Stadium to find a seat, as I do every weekend, to watch the Cambodian Premier League, a few people were telling all the crowd to buy a ticket. All the spectators were surprised but were told they had to buy a ticket at a cost of 4,000 riels, or about US$1. The spectators said it was the first time the FFC has sold tickets for the Premier League and complained that as they like and support Cambodian football, they shouldn't have to pay. The ticket sellers told us the FFC required us to buy the tickets. A few minutes later, some spectators decided to pay and go into the covered seating to  watch the game, but some could not afford the price of the ticket and then they went to find a seat in the sun.

Meanwhile, after buying the ticket, we were amused to see we had been sold fake tickets claiming to be for two matches: one between Laos and Brunei and another between Cambodia and Philippines ... both of which happened in October 2008. Obviously, the kickoff of the league was different - the first match between Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and Khemara Keila, and the second between Build Bright United and Post Tel Club.

The spectators were all grumbling that the FFC sold expensive tickets that were fake. While I understand FFC lacks funding, and I support their initiative to sell the tickets to organise the Premier League, I think the price of the tickets is a bit expensive if compared to Cambodian living standards. However, I think that the federation should categorise ticket prices by seat location to allow Cambodian Premier League fans of all income levels to afford to buy a ticket. I also think all football ticket sellers should wear uniforms and sell real tickets.

Tong Soprach

Phnom Penh

Send letters to: [email protected] or P.O.鈥圔ox 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh authorities ban march for Human Rights Day

    Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless. The UN

  • Government deports 235 Chinese scammers

    THE Immigration Department of the Ministry of Interior on Thursday deported 235 Chinese nationals, 35 of whom were female, via the Phnom Penh International Airport for their part in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) online money extortion scam. The deportees were arrested on November 26 over the

  • Phnom Penh’s Jet’s Container Night Market shuts down

    The famous Jet’s Container Night Market in central Phnom Penh has shut down due to the high cost of the land rental, company representatives claim. Jet’s Container Night Market is the largest such market in Phnom Penh. It operated for just over two

  • International buyers snap up new locally produced watch

    A Cambodian entrepreneur has launched a stylish high-end watch, hoping to promote the Khmer creative talent and increase demand for the Kingdom’s products abroad. Designer Seth Pitu launched his brand PU a mere 60 days ago, and hopes to combine traditional Khmer art with sleek