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South Africa's Poor to Get Free 2010 World Cup Tickets


World Cup organizers said Friday they are giving away 120,000 free tickets to next year's football tournament to poor South Africans.

Officials said they are concerned that despite some of the lowest ticket prices in World Cup history, poor blacks would still not be able to afford to come to the tournament, which is being held for the first time in Africa.

Forty thousand World Cup tickets will go to the construction workers who have been building the stadiums and other infrastructure for the matches.

Last month, thousands of South African construction workers staged a one-week strike that ended when they received a 12 percent raise.

The bulk of the remaining tickets will be distributed by the game's major sponsors.


Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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