US fans to outnumber England support in big match

Rustenburg: England fans will be outnumbered by US supporters at their World Cup Group C opener on Saturday, according to officials.

US national team press spokesman Michael Kammarman told reporters on Friday that tournament organisers had told the federation that 8,000 fans from the US were expected at the Royal Bafokeng stadium while just 6,000 tickets had been sold to fans from England.

“According to organisers there will be more US fans at the game than English fans,” said Kammarman.

A FIFA venue spokeswoman in Rustenburg confirmed the figures were roughly accurate and said the fans would be segregated at the venue.

“There will be around 2000 more US fans than England fans,” said the spokeswoman.

England fans pride themselves on travelling in large numbers to support their team while the US has a burgeoning ‘Sam’s Army’ supporter’s club.

Bureau Report

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