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Fallout after England followers caught in enormous stadium queues in Marseille

World Rugby declare they’re “implement measures” to keep away from such scenes in future World Cup matches

With simply half an hour earlier than England’s opening Rugby World Cup match in opposition to Argentina, pissed off followers discovered themselves in enormous stadium queues exterior the Stade de Marseille, fearing for the more severe.

As one spectator, Ian MacEachern mentioned on X (seen beneath): “organisation of entire evening disgusting, crowd scenario felt harmful”.

Within the wake of the problem, World Rugby launched a press release saying they might “implement measures” to keep away from such scenes at future World Cup matches.

World Cup-winning former Springboks captain John Smit summed up the stadium queues scenario neatly the subsequent day, saying: “Entering into the Stade Velodrome in Marseille yesterday was messy, to these going at the moment (for Scotland versus South Africa) go away earlier, the stadium can’t deal with massive numbers by restricted gates whereas checking your ticket at two separate factors, it additionally didn’t assist the vibe once they ran out of beer…”

Some spectators additionally complained in regards to the availability of beer on the Stade de France on the opening match of the Rugby World Cup, when France inflicted a primary World Cup pool defeat on New Zealand.

World Rugby assertion on stadium delays

World Rugby mentioned of the scenes in Marseille: “We’re conscious of delays skilled by followers getting into Stade de Marseille for the Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool D match between England and Argentina match this night.

“Whereas followers have been in a position to take their seats, fan expertise is paramount, and we’re working with all stakeholders to determine the details and implement measures to stop such delays for the remaining Rugby World Cup 2023 matches on the venue.”

Stadium queues for Eire match too

There’s have been additionally massive stadium queues in Bordeaux for Eire’s match with Romania.

As Rúaidhrí O’Connor of the Irish Impartial tweeted: “Numerous Eire followers in peril of lacking kick-off… massive queues exterior the Stade de Bordeaux.”

Let’s hope we don’t see any extra scenes like this going ahead.

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