Football: Brazil government worried about rising football ticket prices, poor attendances
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Brazil's sports minister says football ticket prices are too high, and he has asked club and stadium officials what can be done about it.
New stadiums being built across the country - many for next year's World Cup - are driving up prices, providing amenities that are beyond the reach of most.
Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told reporters Thursday he's worried about "the economic viability of football" and the ability of poorer people to attend matches.
The cheapest ticket at the Flamengo-Santos match in June at Brasilia's new stadium was about US$80 (S$100), which Rebelo called exorbitant in a country where the minimum monthly salary is US$340.