Messi too costly for Dhaka fans - BBC News

the greatest fans no choice had many of Messi but to see the game on television that Bangladesh Football Federation has defended his decision to charge at least $100 (£ 62) a ticket for a match between Argentina and Nigeria.

It says that it charge so much because the cost of production of the game - FIFA World Player of the year Lionel Messi - were so expensive.

The cheapest ticket for a similar match in India last week was $30 (£ 19).

Many complain that was the biggest football game in the history of the country on the budget of ordinary fans.

Although organizers said that the goal of the game was to "restore the glory of football in Bangladesh", there was no price concessions before the game for young people.

"It's a ridiculous price." She real football fans, Messi who want to see the match, "said 25-year-old Rajib Ahmed of told AFP outside the Earth." "I deserve only 8,000 Taka ($108) per month." How can I make a ticket?

I saved some money and bought a ticket for Monday training. But it costs 1,000 Taka ($13), which still too much. I would like to only Messi in action to see. "He is the best player on the Earth."

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) says that the tickets for which sold out first international football friendly hosts of the country, in the capacity of 55,000 Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka late on Monday.

Noticeable tension

But it was short, because on Sunday, only half of the tickets had been sold.

The BFF says that it will charge as much by the cost of staging a game with internationally renowned stars.

Bangladeshi fan wearing Argentina colours at the Dhaka gameThe audience in the stadium was predominantly middle class

It says that the game was made available to less prosperous people, because six large live watch the game screens around Dhaka for fans to have been built.

You life on private television stations in addition to a recording immediately, were able to see after the game in the national television ended.

The BFF argues that the authorities in Calcutta were to require so much less because the Indian Stadium has more than twice as many fans.

The BBC's Akbar Hossain, who was on the Dhaka game - says that a palpable sense of excitement about the kick-off with many fans, the Argentina were shirts with Messi the name.

But many hard fans had no choice but to play the game on television, our correspondent says, why was a little more subdued than usual the atmosphere in the stadium.

Our correspondent says that the high costs for tickets, meant that the public overwhelmingly middle class - with more than 5,000 people was there arrangement on some sort of corporate hospitality.

Argentina ran to win 3-1 winner in the friendly, revenge for a defeat against Nigeria in June.

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Messi too costly for Dhaka fans - BBC News