Stadium management says it may take a year to flush out fake tickets

Stadium Management SA says security measures were put in place to avoid unauthoristed ticket holders from entering the FNB stadium during a cup final between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Two football supporters were killed and several others injured during a stampede.

READ: Stadium Management SA CEO's account of deadly FNB Stadium stampede

Stadium Management SA CEO, Jacques Grobbelaar, explains how a plan was put in place to to stop an influx of people from entering the venue with fake tickets.

Police confiscated about 3,000 counterfeit tickets that fans had in their possession at the match.

In the lead up to the derby we issued several press statements, we spoke about this and advised the public to only buy a ticket through authorised Computicket vendors or Shoprite Checkers. A fake ticket cannot be processed at the gate.

Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO Stadium Management SA

Computicket also advised us that a large number of unprinted tickets were stolen at one of their Durban branches, and they reckon that to flush these tickets out of the system is going to take about a year, we made provision for that.

Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO Stadium Management SA

He says security was bolstered by Friday.

We had 1 500 security guards on duty on the day, over 400 police officers and peace officers on duty on the day yet we had a number of people coming out to the stadium buying fake tickets outside.

Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO Stadium Management SA

As late as Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock the police increased their numbers in terms of undercover police deployed on site.

Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO Stadium Management SA

He says arrests have been made and an investigation is underway in relation to the sale of counterfeit tickets.

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