Poor attendance figures at U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 criticised by FIFA
The Turkish, Local Organising Committee (LOC) has been criticised by FIFA after poor attendances in the first four days of the U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013.
The Under-20 World Cup got kicked-off on Friday 21 June however, the opening 12 games have average only 4,828 spectators - the lowest figures since U-20 World Cup 1977.
Chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the tournament Jim Boyce told the Associated Press: “Despite the Local Organising Committee’s excellent event preparation, I am nevertheless very disappointed by the match attendance figures.
“This tournament is a wonderful chance for Turkey, but the low number of spectators currently detracts from this opportunity.”
The near-empty stadiums could jeopardise Turkey's attempts to stage the 2020 Olympic Games, host the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and other international tournaments.
Boyce said, “It’s very important the Turkish football public come out and give great support to this tournament.
“I know Turkey for example is very keen on hopefully hosting the likes of the European finals. Obviously an event like this will put Turkish football on the map and hopefully will help them in their bid in the future to host bigger tournaments such as a World Cup.”