Fury at World Cup ticket allocation as thousands of England fans face missing out in favour of corporate guests

By Alistair Grant for MailOnline

Steven Gerrard of England in action

Not fair: Many England fans will not see heroes such as Steven Gerrard in action at the World Cup

Fans have blasted World Cup 2010 chiefs after England were given just 15,716 tickets - while sponsors and VIPs get two million.

Up to 50,000 England fans are expected in South Africa, but many thousands will miss out after FIFA allocated 55 per cent of the event's 3.7m tickets to favoured corporate groups.

FIFA documents confirmed the FA will get just 4,125 tickets to the June 12 opener against the USA in Rustenberg, while the clash with Algeria in Cape Town on June 18 will see an FA allowance of 6,876 tickets.

The tie against Slovenia on June 23 in Port Elizabeth sees an England allocation of just 4,715 seats.

Tickets will be even harder to come by in the knockout stages when the allocations of competing countries will be slashed by a third, dropping from 12 per cent of capacity to eight per cent.

Kevin Miles, the Football Supporters Federation's director of international affairs, said: 'Competing countries' ticket allocations should be much higher. We run a campaign under the slogan "tickets for fans - not sponsors".

'FIFA's allocation means there will be England fans without tickets.'

Meanwhile, one of Britain's most senior ex-policemen has slammed the quality of policing in South Africa.

Algeria's players celebrate

Poor: England's clash with Algeria will have an FA allowance of just 6,876 tickets

Neil Thompson, a former detective superintendent in Britain's elite National Crime Squad, said: 'We have very big concerns. If you ask anybody in South Africa what the standard of the police force is, it is not good.

'I've lived in Cape Town for the last two-and-a-half years and know the standard of the police is dropping.

'There will be an awful lot of extra police (41,000 new officers) at the World Cup who we do not think will have enough training. How are the police going to bring these extra officers up to the required standard in seven or eight months?'

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