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Leicester City fans miss FA Cup kick-off amid ticket problems

Crowds outside Leicester City's stadium Image copyright Joe Walker
Image caption Joe Walker said the organisation was a "complete shambles"

Football supporters have vented their anger after crowds of them were left stranded outside a Premier League stadium during an FA Cup match.

TV coverage showed hundreds of empty seats at Leicester City's third-round replay against Spurs, with many home fans missing the start of the game.

One supporter claimed the delays at the King Power Stadium, caused by ticketing problems, could have "turned nasty".

Leicester City FC has apologised and launched an investigation.

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Joe Walker, a Foxes fan, said he arrived at the ground at about 19:25 GMT and saw "thousands of people attempting to gain access".

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He said after 20 minutes in the queue his "print at home" ticket was rejected at the turnstile and he was told to go to the ticket office to get a new one.

"We then walked towards the sub ticket office and as I questioned another steward he just laughed and said: 'You should see the queues for it'."

Image caption Fans tweeted pictures of delays as the game kicked off

Mr Walker eventually had a ticket printed at the main office, but described the way staff managed the situation as "a shambles".

"Not one announcement had been made over the loudspeaker system," he said.

"There was no organisation or information coming from any of the stewards. It could have easily have turned quite nasty with the sheer amount of people."

Leicester City FC said: "A significant number of supporters experienced difficulty gaining admission to the stadium, resulting in many missing the start of the match.

"The club is currently investigating the cause of Wednesday night's delays as a priority, to ensure any difficulties experienced are not repeated at future home matches."

Leicester lost Wednesday night's match 0-2.

Image caption The BBC's coverage showed many gaps in the home seating areas shortly before kick-off

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