BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's sports minister says football ticket prices are too high, and he's ask club and stadium officials what can be done about it.
New stadiums being built across the country — many for next year's World Cup — are driving up prices, providing amenities for the well-off that are beyond the reach of most.
After meeting with club officials, Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told reporters Thursday he's worried about the ability of poorer people to attend matches.
"Our concern is with the economic viability of football and of Brazilian clubs,'" Rebelo said. "And we worry about the economic future of stadiums and future stadiums, and about the access of fans, especially those with lower incomes.'"
The cheapest ticket at the Flamengo-Santos match in June which inaugurated Brasilia's new stadium was about $80, which Rebelo called exorbitant in a country where the minimum monthly salary is $340.
The Brasilia stadium cost $590 million and has been heavily criticized because the capital does not have a team in Brazil's top two divisions.
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