He pays $200 for two $40 tickets

He pays $200 for two $40 tickets
Mr Mohd Ismail and his wife, Madam Satilah Osman, both 55, stood outside the National Stadium on 14 October 2014 for nearly two hours holding a placard with the words “Ticket Wanted”.

SINGAPORE - Tickets to the Brazil-Japan match were in such demand that several were desperate enough to canvass for them outside the stadium for hours.

One couple, Mr Mohd Ismail (right) and Madam Satilah Osman, both 55, stood outside for nearly two hours holding a placard with the words "Ticket Wanted".

It paid off 20 minutes into the match when someone offered them two $40 tickets for $100 each, which they gladly accepted. Said Madam Satilah, a housewife: "We wanted so badly to get the tickets, especially my husband, because this is such a big game." A man then interrupted us, asking if Mr Mohd Ismail was selling tickets, mistaking what was on his placard.

Said Mr Mohd Ismail: "There are many like us walking round and round the stadium looking for tickets." Tickets were sold out when he reached the Sports Hub ticketing booth on Saturday.

Said his wife: "We were very upset because we had travelled all the way and queued for very long. "So the only thing left for us to do was to hope someone would sell us a couple. It doesn't matter how much we paid for them in the end. The important thing is that we got to watch the match."

This article was first published on Oct 15, 2014.
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