Women's World Cup Organizers Begin To Reallocate Separated Seats
Local organizers for the upcoming Women's World Cup in France are in the "process of reallocating randomly separated seats that had been purchased together," according to Nancy Armour of USA TODAY. Many fans discovered last week that they had been "issued separated seats despite purchasing their tickets together." Some of the seats were a "few rows apart while others were in completely different sections of the stadium." Some fans over the weekend "noticed that their ability to print out those tickets had 'disappeared.'" The tickets were "still listed, including the seat numbers, but they were no longer available as e-tickets." Fans with separated seats are being "urged to contact organizers via phone or email so tickets can be reallocated before fans arrive at the stadium" (USA TODAY, 5/29).
BETTER TO BE PREPARED: REUTERS' Philip O'Connor notes the Norwegian women's national team last week was "given a presentation about what to do if they are approached to fix" a World Cup match. The session took place at their "pre-tournament training camp in Oslo at the behest" of FIFA, which is "insisting all 24 nations taking part in the World Cup inform their players of the risks involved." Norwegian Football Association legal adivsor Emil Waters said that though it is "considered highly unlikely that their players would be approached to fix a game at such a high-profile event, the players still need to be aware" (REUTERS, 5/29).