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London 2012: Tickets reallocated after cards declined

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Media captionLord Coe explains how people can apply for Olympics tickets second time round

Thousands of people who were allocated London 2012 tickets have had their cards declined, meaning those tickets have now been allocated to others, organisers have revealed.

The new recipients will have the money debited by the end of Friday.

A second phase of ticket sales takes place this month and up to a million more will be released next year when venue capacities are confirmed.

These will only be offered to those who missed out the first time around.

Thousands disappointed

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of tickets that went unsold in the first ballot will be available to disappointed fans in a second round later this month, organisers Locog said.

It was moved to clarify the situation after Lord Coe, the chairman of the organising committee, told the BBC only around 100,000 seats would be put on sale in the second round.

It said he had meant "hundreds of thousands" and details of the second process would be revealed on or before 24 June.

It is known it will be on a first come, first served basis.

The first ballot selected recipients at random, with thousands left disappointed.

About 1.8m people applied for the 6.6m public tickets available, with about 55% initially missing out.

In the interview, with the BBC Breakfast programme, Lord Coe defended the Olympics ticketing process, saying people should not be "coy or naive" about the funding provided by businesses.

There has been indignation over tour operators, including Thomas Cook, that are now offering Olympics packages with tickets at significantly higher prices.

Lord Coe said: "The corporates are responsible for about 8% of the tickets, the high-end ticket packages are actually only 1% of tickets.

"The corporates in large part pay for the Games, we shouldn't be coy or naive about that. Twenty five per cent of the operating budget for the staging of the Games comes from ticket sales, and the corporates are probably collectively contributing about £1.5bn to what we're actually doing."

He said organisers were obliged to give one million tickets to overseas federations, including football governing body Fifa, which was recently embroiled in a scandal over alleged corruption.

"A percentage of those tickets go to international federations and governing bodies," Lord Coe said. "Fifa is an international federation. We are obliged to do that."

The international allocation is not "out of perspective", he said, and 75% of tickets will go to members of the public.

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