World Cup price hike

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No de­tails yet, but foot­ball fans shocked and an­gry as an­a­lysts pre­dict steep rise

not be­ing able to watch it,” said Tan, an Eng­land fan who is work­ing part-time.

S. Siva, 53, a pri­vate tu­tor, echoed those sen­ti­ments.

He said: “I was shocked and ut­terly dis­ap­pointed as I am a die-hard foot­ball fan.”

Full-time na­tional ser­vice­man Col­man Wong, 19, added: “Usu­ally, a lot of peo­ple who don’t fol­low foot­ball still watch (the World Cup) as a fam­ily, so I think mak­ing it so ex­pen­sive re­duces ac­ces­si­bil­ity for every­one... es­pe­cially as it’s held ev­ery four years .”

There are also those like ju­nior col­lege stu­dent Shawn Yip, 18, who is the only foot­ball

In 2014, 30 CCs screened all 64 matches live.

“I’d prob­a­bly go to Tampines Hub since they may have free screen­ings,” said uni­ver­sity stu­dent Ray­mond Scott Lee, 22, an ar­dent fan of Ger­many.

Mo­ham­mad Nursyamiir Oth­man, a 19-year-old na­tional ser­vice­man, added: “I’d go to a fast-food restau­rant and catch games with friends.”

El­der Sin­ga­pore­ans such as Siva also noted: “Many re­tirees en­joy foot­ball... Be­cause of the crazily in­creased prices, they may not be able to watch.”

Other fans spec­i­fied that they would watch mainly big games, such as those in­volv­ing favourites and cru­cial knock­out matches. Hence, they will not be pur­chas­ing full subscriptions.

But there is still a mi­nor­ity gal­vanised by the spirit of the World Cup, with a few that TNP spoke to say­ing that they will still sub­scribe.

It re­mains to be seen how many will. Sing­tel re­ported four years ago that barely over 100,000 house­holds signed up for its 2014 World Cup pack­age, a 25-per-cent dip com­pared to the 2010 edi­tion, al­though that could also be at­trib­uted to the less viewer-friendly hours.

npsports@sph.com.sg

TNP FILE PHOTO

Fans watch­ing a live screen­ing of a World Cup match at a com­mu­nity club in 2014. Many fans TNP spoke to said they will be look­ing for places that show live-screen­ing this year.

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