Marc Posted July 17, 2008 Share Posted July 17, 2008 quote:Originally posted by dsqpr Wow, it's hard to believe we are even talking about this. It's a solved problem folks. Everywhere in the football world everybody knows that you segregate the away fans. And they know how to do it. You give them around 10% of the tickets and stick them in a corner, which is where any noise they make will have the least impact on the match. If you try to get into a home section wearing away colours, they eject you. If you stand up and cheer for the away team in a home section, they eject you. This isn't rocket science. It isn't even high school science. The only thing I can think of is that there is no motivation to do it. There seems to be a bit of motivation to pay lip service to it, but none to really do it. So far as I can see, the story goes something like this: * The CSA needs money and the WCQs are a revenue opportunity. * The CSA has established ticket prices that are so low that they have to maximize turn out. * With this in mind, the CSA has located the matches to maximize away support (based on the assumption, right or wrong, that home support will be limited). Needless to say, they aren't going to then ensure that there are only a limited number of tickets available to away fans. Nobody needs to tell me how short sighted this is, or that even a 3/4 full stadium with limited away support would increase our chances of advancing to the "super six" and getting five more revenue opportunities. So, until something changes, the away supporters at Canada matches will not be limited or segregated. They will continue to be able to buy tickets for all sections, home and away, safe in the knowledge that they can show up in away colours and cheer for the away team with impunity. Things have gotta change. It's not as easy as you suggest in a country where there is no history of this practice, and where you have such a large potential for citizens of the home country to be supporting the away team. Those two combined make this more challenging than some give credit for. It's doable, but there will be kinks for many a time until we get it right. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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