June 21, 2018 / 2:58 PM / 5 months ago

World Cup attendances pass one million mark: FIFA

Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 17, 2018. The sign reads: "Faith." REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Over one million fans have attended games at the World Cup, organizers FIFA said in a statement on Thursday after Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Australia, the 21st match of the tournament in Russia.

“To date, more than 2.6 million tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world, with ticket sales ongoing until July 15. On average, World Cup stadium occupancy is at 97 percent and more than 70,000 tickets have been resold,” added the statement.

The only glaring case of large numbers of empty seats was Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt in Yekaterinburg, where 6,000 tickets which had been allocated were left unused.

FIFA said that was due to “no shows” from constituent groups which include sponsors, member associations and supporters.

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond

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