England’s World Cup opener against Iran was marred by ticket issues ahead of the game, leading to a number of supporters missing kick-off.
The match began as scheduled in Doha but there were several reports of fans experiencing difficulties trying to get into the Khalifa International Stadium on time.
A FIFA statement shortly before kick-off read: “Some spectators are currently experiencing an isuue with accessing their tickets via the FIFA Ticketing app. FIFA is working on solving the issue.
“In the meantime, fans who are not able to access their mobile tickets should check their email accounts they used to register with the Ticketing app for further instructions.
“In case fans cannot access their email accounts, the stadium’s Ticket Resolution Point will be able to support.
“We thank fans for their understanding as we work to fix the issue as soon as possible.”
Free Lions, the Football Supporters’ Association team that provides travel and logistical advice to fans, also released a statement on social media.
They wrote on Twitter: “We’re aware of issues with some e-tickets at the stadium with FIFA’s ticketing app. The FA is working hard to find a resolution for England fans.
“If you have issues seeing your ticket on the app, join the ticketing resolution queue at the stadium, but keep checking the app.”
‘Queues weren’t moving’
Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett in Doha:
“We have just got through long queues of England and Iranian fans trying to get into the Khalifa International Stadium.
“For fairly lengthy periods, the queues weren’t moving at all as the officials and stewards struggled with the automated turnstiles.
“In the end, they let people through with visual checks of tickets, rather than the digital checks on the turnstiles.
Many England fans will still be outside trying to get in, and will miss kick-off.”
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