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Socceroos fans face price hikes in Jordan

  • Socceroos fans face price hikes in Jordan

Australian football fans have been ripped off and face the threat of crowd violence at the Socceroos' crunch World Cup qualifier with Jordan.

Tickets designated for Australian fans cost 50 Jordanian Dinars (around A$98), despite tickets being locally available for 3 JD (around A$5.85).

But it's not an option for Socceroos supporters to make like a local and sit with Jordanian fans, who've been warned against an approach by the Australian Government.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) advice for travellers to Jordan was updated this week with specific advice to Australian football fans.

"You should be aware that there is a possibility of crowd violence when attending soccer matches in Jordan," it reads.

"The environment is generally not family friendly and sexual harassment of female fans is not uncommon."

A handful of die-hard fans have travelled from Australia for the match, with a few hundred ex-pats from the region expected to attend Friday morning's (AEST) match.

Several Socceroos have spoken of the hostile atmosphere on the country's last, and only, match in Amman, which ended in a 2-1 win for Jordan in 2012.

Home captain and veteran goalkeeper Ameri Shafi said they would draw on that memory when they take the field.

"The match was very tough ... but we play very tough in our country," he said.

"Tomorrow we will play the same as we did in 2012.

"All the players are well motivated, well focused to win the match tomorrow and get the three points."

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