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Ticket-holders denied entry to Asian Cup final

Ticket-holders denied entry to Asian Cup final

Thousands of ticket-holders at the Asian Cup were denied entry into the final Saturday after police shut the gates minutes before the match began between Australia and Japan.
Witnesses said irate fans _ some holding their tickets in the air _ were forced to watch the match on a television behind a a fence that encircled the 40,000-seat Khalifah Stadium.
Some fans complained that baton-wielding police roughly pushed the crowd and ordered them to leave because the stadium was sold out, although there were thousands of empty seats.
A spokeswoman for the tournament's local organizing committee said no one would comment and that the issue would be addressed at a news conference Sunday.


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:08 GMT+08:00