England’s World Cup opener in opposition to Iran was marred by ticket points forward of the sport, resulting in various supporters lacking the kick-off.
The match started as scheduled in Doha however there have been a number of stories of followers experiencing difficulties attempting to get into the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium on time.
With the 4pm native time kick-off approaching (1pm GMT), some supporters have been frantically refreshing the official ticketing cellular app on their telephones in a bid to have their QR code load.
FIFA acknowledged some followers have been experiencing points accessing their tickets and mentioned it was engaged on fixing the difficulty.
An announcement shortly earlier than kick-off learn: “Some spectators are presently experiencing a difficulty with accessing their tickets through the FIFA ticketing app. FIFA is engaged on fixing the difficulty.
“Within the meantime, followers who aren’t in a position to entry their cellular tickets ought to test their e-mail accounts they used to register with the ticketing app for additional directions.
“In case followers can’t entry their e-mail accounts, the stadium’s Ticket Decision Level will have the ability to help.
“We thank followers for his or her understanding as we work to repair the difficulty as quickly as attainable.”
Free Lions, the Soccer Supporters’ Affiliation crew that gives journey and logistical recommendation to followers, additionally launched an announcement on social media.
They wrote on Twitter: “We’re conscious of points with some e-tickets on the stadium with FIFA’s ticketing app. The FA is working laborious to discover a decision for England followers.
“In case you have points seeing your ticket on the app, be part of the ticketing decision queue on the stadium, however preserve checking the app.”
‘Queues weren’t shifting’
Sky Sports activities Information senior reporter Rob Dorsett writing minutes earlier than kick off in Doha:
“We now have simply acquired by lengthy queues of England and Iranian followers attempting to get into the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.
“For pretty prolonged intervals, the queues weren’t shifting in any respect because the officers and stewards struggled with the automated turnstiles.
“Ultimately, they let folks by with visible checks of tickets, reasonably than the digital checks on the turnstiles.
“Many England followers will nonetheless be exterior attempting to get in, and can miss kick-off.”
England ‘bottled it’ over OneLove armband
The ticketing points got here after England have been accused of getting “bottled it” by not carrying an anti-discrimination armband of their Group B opener.
The Three Lions and Wales introduced, through a joint assertion together with different European nations who had signed as much as the OneLove marketing campaign, that the armbands would not be worn.
They mentioned FIFA had been clear it might impose “sporting sanctions” if the captains of the groups wore the armband on the sphere of play, including they might not threat yellow playing cards or extra.
England fan Steve Wright, 43, from Derby, mentioned: “I disagree with that. They’re simply bowing to the oppression of the Qatari authorities.”
Shaun Rowland, 56, from Hertfordshire, additionally talking exterior the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium forward of England’s recreation with Iran, mentioned: “They’ve bottled it, have not they?
“Would it not have made an enormous distinction? I do not know, I feel it is a disgrace.”