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Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:24
FIFA withdraws claim of 1 million tickets sold at World Cup
By Associated Press
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:24 By Associated Press

Young fans wearing Japanese flag hair ribbons sit on the stand prior the start of the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Argentina and Japan at the Parc des Princes in Paris, June 10, 2019. (ALESSANDRA TARANTINO / AP PHOTO)

PARIS - FIFA has withdrawn a claim that 1 million tickets have been sold for the Women's World Cup and now says the total includes people paying nothing to attend games, including VIPs and even medical staff.

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FIFA deleted a tweet posted on Tuesday that said: "One million tickets for the @FIFAWWC 2019 have now been sold!"

Canadian fans wait for the start of the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, June 10, 2019. (CLAUDE PARIS / AP PHOTO)

The sport's governing body told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 1 million tickets had been "allocated," which includes those sold to fans and provided for free.

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FIFA says the 1 million total also includes "delegations of the teams playing, commercial affiliates, observers, medical and technical staff."

FIFA has already pulled back from a claim that 20 of the 52 matches were sold out, saying Tuesday that only 14 matches had no availability.

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