Basle quarter-final was first Euro match with empty seats
Europe's governing body UEFA said on Sunday that Saturday's quarter-final clash between the Netherlands and Russia was the first game where not all seats were filled. ( dpa )
UEFA spokesman Wolfgang Eichler told a press briefing in the Austrian capital that the match in Basle's St Jakob Park had been sold out, but not all tickets had been used.
"The Russians did not use all the tickets that they had available. We tried to sell them, but unfortunately we were not able to do that. We are very sorry about that," he said.
Officially, like all other 31 matches at Euro, the match is considered a sell-out with 38,374 spectators.
Eichler said that Russian officials had not handed back tickets that they had sold which were not picked up by the buyers.