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Rugby World Cup 2023 problems with crowd access

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Rugby World Cup 2023

Problems with access to Stade Vélodrome in Marseille for the Rugby World Cup 2023 game between England and Argentina led to fans waiting an interminable time before they could enter the ground through limited access points.

The delays have been attributed to the slow process of security checks, as well as fans arriving too close to kick-off and swarming around the gates.

To make matters worse, former South African professional rugby union player  John Smit, who led his team to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, reported that vendors inside the stadium had run out of beer.

French authorities have previously faced heavy criticism over the handling of entry to the 2022 Champions League final, which saw thousands of Liverpool fans in Paris stuck in long and dangerous queues outside the stadium, as the entry system was overwhelmed.

French authorities will need to learn fast from the debacle with the Paris Summer Olympics and Paralympics just 10 months away.


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