Chaos at the Emirates Stadium as thousands of fans get stuck outside before Arsenal’s WSL match against Chelsea… but the Gunners insist the late arrival of supporters is to blame
- Thousands of fans were stuck outside the Emirates before Sunday’s match
- There were heavy queues at tube stations and on approach to the stadium
- Supporters found themselves crammed closely together by turnstile entrances
- Arsenal say fans’ late arrival is at fault and operation was same as every fixture
Thousands of fans were left stuck outside the Emirates in scenes described as ‘dangerous’ as Arsenal’s Women’s Super League game with Chelsea kicked off on Sunday afternoon.
Over 46,000 tickets had been sold for the top-of-the-table clash and there were heavy queues at tube stations and on approach to the stadium.
Supporters found themselves crammed closely together by turnstile entrances, with some describing the situation as ‘dangerous’.
Thousands of fans were left stuck outside the Emirates before Sunday’s WSL clash
Others called the scenes ‘chaotic’ as kick-off edged nearer but queues grew bigger.
Mark Easton, Home Editor for BBC News, tweeted a photo of a big queue of fans with the caption: ‘Extraordinary and quite dangerous scenes at the #Emirates with huge crowds stuck outside ahead of AFC v CFC. #arsenal.’
One fan said they had not moved for 10 minutes as the game got underway.
Several supporters were seen entering the stadium mid-way through the first half as queues eventually began to move but there was anger among many about the action they had missed.
Sportsmail approached Arsenal for a comment and the club believe fans’ late arrival to the stadium is the reasoning behind the situation.
There were heavy queues at tube stations and on approach to the stadium
Arsenal have said fans’ late arrival is at fault and operation was same as every other fixture
‘Our matchday operation was the same as every other fixture and event at Emirates Stadium,’ Arsenal commented.
‘An early kick-off combined with a number of new supporters to our stadium, coupled with 50 per cent of supporters arriving in the last 20 minutes before kick-off resulted in busy turnstile areas.
‘We will continue to educate supporters on arriving early to the stadium for necessary security and bag checks and continue to discourage supporters bringing any necessary luggage and large bags.’
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