MARGAO: Thousands of football fans, gathered at Fatorda stadium since the wee hours of Saturday to buy tickets for Indian Super League (ISL) match scheduled on December 17, a semi-final between FC Goa and Atletico de Kolkata, had to go home dejected as tickets got sold out, with the assembled police there facing the wrath of the angry crowd.
Thanks to the District Collector Venancio Furtado’s message that each person would get three tickets at the stadium counters, besides online availability, 5000 plus football fans from Canacona to Calangute and as far as Karwar and Belgaum, eager to get a seat at the Nehru stadium, made a beeline to buy tickets for the match.
However, with tickets getting sold out within first two hours of opening of the sales, thousands of fans, who stayed back till the afternoon in the hope of getting atleast a single ticket, were left totally dejected. Sources disclosed that the organisers sold nearly 4000 tickets at four counters even as the crowd as swelled as the day progressed.
The police, deputy collector, mamlatdar at the site had to face wrath of the football fans, who vented ire at the district administration after being left disappointed over non-availability of the tickets.
When told that the tickets have been sold out, the fans left the queues and rushed at the gates to question the authorities as to how the tickets got over. The 100-odd police force and the deputy collector, Salcete, had a tough time in pacifying the angry crowd.
Some commotion occurred in the heat of the moment with angry fans arguing with the deputy collector.
“I was in the queue since 2.30 a.m on Saturday. I got the ticket priced at Rs 200 at around 11.30 a.m. The system was a total failure. It is sad that football-loving Goans had to hear abuses from police,” said Joyven Pereira from Cavelossim.
He said very few people from the queue got the tickets.
Sources informed this daily that the match organisers had made a provision of around 5500 tickets of various prices for sale in South Goa on Saturday and Sunday and the same amount of tickets was allocated for the north.
However, the tickets in south were sold out in just two hours, taking the district administration and match organisers by surprise.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mohan Naik said though there were long queues of football fans for tickets, no untoward incident took place at the site.
Deputy collector Sangeeta Naik said that the situation was under control. Interestingly, traffic congestion was witnessed throughout the day on the roads with the people lining up at the stadium.