Football: In France Without A Ticket

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The Independent Online
Nicholas Harling's daily quest to see a World Cup match: Day Nine.

A bargain at last. The approaches to the Stade Municipal in Toulouse yesterday were in stark contrast to last Sunday's seething congregation of ticketless Japanese and Argentinian fans. For reasons best known to themselves a group of Mormon missionaries from Utah had bought a batch of 350 franc tickets for 100 francs each earlier in the day. They were outside the stadium selling them for the same price. After the last few days I reckoned I deserved one of them on my birthday.