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Brazil Sports Minister Says Ticket Prices High

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General view of the Maracana stadium before a visit of the FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 15, 2013. The Maracana stadium will host the upcomig Confederations Cup --next June--, the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.   AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE SIMON

General view of the Maracana stadium before a visit of the FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 15, 2013. The Maracana stadium will host the upcomig Confederations Cup –next June–, the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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NEW YORK (AP) — Brazil’s Minister of Sport has complained to FIFA about high prices contemplated for next year’s World Cup, says soccer’s governing body will give 50,000 free tickets to poor communities and make half-price seats available to the elderly and students.

FIFA said last week it will announce prices on July 1 for the 2014 tournament and ticket sales will start Aug. 20. For the 2010 World Cup, prices were announced in November 2007 and sales started in February 2009.

Non-premium prices for the 2010 tournament in South Africa ranged from $70-$450 for the opener and $20-$160 for other first-round matches, and escalated to $150-$900 for the final.

During an interview Thursday at The Associated Press, Aldo Rebelo says prices for the tournament in Brazil, to be played from June 12-July 14, became an issue.

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