England fans face chaos outside World Cup stadium after tickets suddenly vanish from FIFA app

Author: Yuvi November 21, 2022


England fans endured chaotic scenes outside the Khalifa Stadium after their tickets disappeared from the FIFA app on their mobile phones.

Thousands of fans queued in the searing heat as they stared at their mobile phones wondering why their electronic tickets had disappeared.

England fans then received an email from FIFA which contained a QR code to allow them to enter the stadium.

England fans endured chaotic scenes outside the Khalifa Stadium after their tickets disappeared from the FIFA app on their mobile phones. Pictured: England fans arrive at the stadium prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21

Most tickets for games at the tournament are electronic.

As kick off neared and the ticket issues continued, there were questions over whether the 4pm (1pm GMT) kick off time was in doubt.

Footage from outside the stadium showed several fans still queuing to get in.

Angry fans labeled FIFA a farce claiming that the technical glitch had spoiled their fun of the pre-match build up.

Sanjay Puri, 36 from Birmingham fumed: ‘It’s a joke. You would have thought that FIFA would have their IT in order. How has something like this happened?

Paul Sims, 40 who had traveled from Dubai said: ‘I was outside the stadium and about to use my electronic ticket but then a message appeared saying it wasn’t working.

‘Luckily I got an email with a QR code but I had to wait more than an hour to get in.’

Further chaos resulted from stadium security that everyone is scanned along with fan identity cards to ensure it belongs to the right person.

Security also confiscated items like sun cream, sweets and snacks further causing delays and annoying fans.

News of the ticket issues came after Sportsmail reported that FIFA have abandoned plans to stage an opening ceremony before every game of the World Cup on the instructions of Qatar’s Supreme Committee.

Pictured: Fans of England cheer as they arrive for the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha today

Pictured: Fans of England cheer as they arrive for the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha today

Pictured: England's players warm up in Doha ahead of their Group B clash with Iran

Pictured: England’s players warm up in Doha ahead of their Group B clash with Iran

FIFA have abandoned plans to stage an opening ceremony before every game of the World Cup on the instructions of Qatar's Supreme Committee.  Pictured: Sunday night's opening ceremony to the 2022 World Cup, ahead of the first match between Qatar and Ecuador

FIFA have abandoned plans to stage an opening ceremony before every game of the World Cup on the instructions of Qatar’s Supreme Committee. Pictured: Sunday night’s opening ceremony to the 2022 World Cup, ahead of the first match between Qatar and Ecuador

The lavish 30-minute ceremony fronted by Morgan Freeman at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday evening was widely criticized for hypocrisy and tokenism in Europe due to FIFA’s attempt to promote supposedly universal human values, with the BBC refusing to screen it on their main channels, and plans for the rest of the tournament have now been scaled down.

FIFA had planned and rehearsed similar ceremonies for each of the World Cup’s 64 matches, but Sportsmail has learned that the Supreme Committee have now taken over the delivery of match-day events which as a result will be more limited.

Instead of a lengthy pre-match show a shorter two-minute ceremony featuring a large replica World Cup and the flags of each of the 32 competing nations will take place ahead of the first game held at each of the eight tournament stadiums, although FIFA insiders said that this plan is also subject to a possible late change.

The 11th-hour rearrangements at a World Cup which has been 12 years in the planning have been a feature of the first tournament to be held in the Gulf region, and have raised questions as to who is actually in charge.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisted at the weekend that he was ‘200 per cent’ in control of the event, but FIFA’s decision to withdraw alcohol sales from stadiums at the last minute following a request from the Supreme Committee suggested otherwise.

Dancers perform with puppets of previous World Cup mascots at Sunday night's opening ceremony at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha

Dancers perform with puppets of previous World Cup mascots at Sunday night’s opening ceremony at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha

FIFA had planned and rehearsed similar ceremonies for each of the World Cup's 64 matches, but Sportsmail has learned that the Supreme Committee have now taken over the delivery of match-day events which as a result will be more limited.

FIFA had planned and rehearsed similar ceremonies for each of the World Cup’s 64 matches, but Sportsmail has learned that the Supreme Committee have now taken over the delivery of match-day events which as a result will be more limited.

In further embarrassment for FIFA, the opening game of the World Cup on Sunday evening saw thousands of seats empty during the match, as spectators watching the first-round clash between the host nation and Ecuador left early.

The Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, which can hold up to 60,000 people, had thousands of empty seats approaching full-time as Qatari fans left before the final whistle.

Emtpy seats were also present during the opening ceremony, and while the stadium appeared to fill up in time for kick-off, they could be seen again during the second half of the match, with many spectators choosing to leave early.

The match saw Ecuador beat the hosts 2–0, with captain Enner Valencia scoring both goals for the South Americans, who were cheered on by their traveling support.

The loss, coupled with the empty seats, will spark concerns about enthusiasm for the tournament in the country, which has a population of less than three million (of which just 300,000 are Qatari citizens) and is roughly half the size of Wales.

There were empty seats among fans in the stadium during the opening match of tournament between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday night

There were empty seats among fans in the stadium during the opening match of tournament between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday night

There were plenty of empty seats in the stadium in Al Khor as the hosts fell to a 2–0 defeat to the South American team.

There were plenty of empty seats in the stadium in Al Khor as the hosts fell to a 2–0 defeat to the South American team.

It is estimated the country has spent £184 billion bidding to host the event and building seven new stadiums, all of which can hold at least 40,000 people.

In the country’s capital of Doha, 30 miles to the south, the streets were largely quiet, although there were chaotic scenes both inside and outside the fan festival at Al Bidda Park an hour before kick-off after organizers allowed too many fans to flood the precinct.

The World Cup, which has been plagued with controversy over the Middle Eastern country’s treatment of foreign workers, LGBT+ rights and social restrictions, has been seen by Qataris as a way of varnishing its image on the world stage.

The nation has denied accusations of abuse of workers and discrimination, but that did not stop the BBC’s coverage, fronted by Gary Lineker, including a pre-packaged report on Qatar’s questionable human rights record and the controversy surrounding the tournament, instead of showing the opening ceremony.

It follows accusations over fake ‘fans’ being hired by the Qatari regime in order to hype up crowds by supporting various nations, which the country strongly denies.

Rows of empty seats were seen in the stands before the final whistle during the opening match between Ecuador and Qatar tonight

Rows of empty seats were seen in the stands before the final whistle during the opening match between Ecuador and Qatar tonight

Pictured: A general view of the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 group A Opening Match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, 20 November

Pictured: A general view of the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 group A Opening Match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, 20 November

In an embarrassing moment for FIFA organisers, they were forced to allow a ban on alcohol sales at games after the Qatari royal family put pressure on the body due to the country’s strict ban on drinking in public.

FIFA had previously charged Budweiser a reported £63 million for a sponsorship deal giving them a beer monopoly on the tournament – but much of this could now go to waste due to the last-minute rule change.

It came just 48 hours before the start of the tournament and left fans livid, accusing the host nation of ‘ruining’ the world cup before it had even begun.

Fans can now only purchase alcohol in selected hotels and bars of the FIFA fan zone, but here can only purchase four pints for a costly £12.50 each.

On Saturday the shaky start to the tournament was precluded by FIFA boss Gianni Infantino giving a rambling and bizarre press conference in which he condemned critics of the host nation.

He claimed that he felt like a ‘woman’, a ‘migrant worker’, ‘gay’, a ‘Qatari’, an ‘Asian’ and various other identities, which sparked furious reaction online given the focus on the rights of women and minorities. groups in the country.

21 November, 2022, 6:09 pm

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