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8 July 2010, 04:00 p.m. | SA Government apologizes to football fans caught in Durban air traffic chaos

The South African government has apologized to more than a thousand soccer fans that had missed the semi-final between Spain and Germany on Wednesday after chaos at King Shaka Airport prevented several full passenger planes from landing. 

FIFA also indicated this afternoon that they will consider reimbursing fans who had missed the game due to the congestion chaos. 


FIFA spokesperson Nicolas Maingot says the football body will definitely look at the cases of fans affected by flight problems. 


Attendance at Moses Mabhida Stadium was 1 800 below capacity for Spain's 1-0 victory. 


"As government, we regret the inconvenience caused to all those fans...," Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Thursday. "Transport has generally been moving smoothly since the start of the FIFA World Cup," he said."It’s now all systems go for the closing ceremony and the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City ...


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