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Iraq football association to be investigated over inflated match ticket prices

Match commissioner Dell Akbar Khan said the controversial two-tiered pricing system which Iraqi officials oversaw at the match at Rashid Stadium would be included in a long list of grievances by Australian officials in his match report to the AFC.

"There's nothing I can do about it now, but it will be in the report I submit to FIFA and the AFC," Malaysian match commissioner Khan told AAP.

Two ticket windows were in operation outside the ground - one marked Iraq, one marked Australia.

Iraqi tickets were sold for 20 to 50 dirhams - the local United Arab Emirates currency.

At the Australian window, a ticket was 367 dirhams. Australian fans were refused service at the Iraqi counter.

"They should have left them suspended. It really is not fair," Dubai-based Socceroos fan Brian Hunter said, referring to the FIFA suspension lifted on Iraq's football association last week over government interference into the sport.

But Iraq officials were unapologetic.

"Why should we not charge this? You charge us this price for our fans in the other match," an Iraqi official said.

Diplomatic relations between Australian and Iraqi officials are already at an all-time low over blatant pre-match gamesmanship by the Iraqis.

The match commissioner had already been forced to intervene on Australia's behalf to ensure the Socceroos could train at the match venue the night before the match at a suitable time.

It was among a series of bureaucratic and logistic hassles the Socceroos faced in the lead-up, including being denied the use of match balls until their second-last training session.

Despite the ticket rip-off, around 400 Australian supporters paid up to cheer on their side in the 1-0 loss to the Iraqis.

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