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Less than 10 percent of ticket requests to be met

The Columbian

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Less than 10 percent of ticket requests will be filled in FIFA’s second phase of allocations for the World Cup.

FIFA says it has received 3.5 million ticket requests in the second phase and that 80 percent of the requests are from Brazilians.

Soccer’s governing body said Thursday about 220,000 tickets will be awarded in an electronic draw next month. Successful applicants are to be notified by March 11.

Thierry Weil, the FIFA official in charge of ticketing, acknowledges the level of demand “can cause some disappointment.”

The World Cup opens June 12 in Sao Paulo and closes July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.