Tickets for India's upcoming Asian Cup qualifying round match against Cambodia at the Salt Lake Stadium on June 8 were reportedly sold out within the first 10 minutes, which has led the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to issue more tickets for fans.
India men's national team skipper, Sunil Chhetri on Friday had requested the state government authorities to issue more than the 12,000 tickets that were allowed for the Asian Cup qualifiers final round matches.
It was claimed that the AIFF had made all the tickets for the game "complimentary", though the state government had only allowed issuance of 12,000 tickets for the game at the Salt Lake Stadium - whose capacity is 70,000.
"Whoever quoted the number 12,000, spoke out of his hat, it's all rubbish. There was never any restriction from the West Bengal government. The whole stadium was open to the public," an official told PTI.
"But, the AIFF initially decided to issue 20,000 tickets to assess the interest. Each ticket costs Rs 5 and since it's complimentary, the AIFF will have to incur the loss. "The AIFF will never deprive any fan to watch the match. We will keep issuing tickets till the last seat is available in the stadium."
The upcoming clash against Cambodia will be first time since 2019 that the Blue Tigers will be playing at the iconic stadium.