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Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest match delayed by 30 minutes due to turnstile issues at Emirates Stadium

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 12, 2023. 06:11 pm UPDATED: Aug 12, 2023. 06:11 pm

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Arsenal’s first Premier League game was delayed by 30 minutes due to chaos outside the stadium.

At 12.30 pm, the Gunners were scheduled to play Nottingham Forest in an effort to kick off their title defense.

However, the club was compelled to postpone the game until 1 pm.

Arsenal tweeted: “Due to a delay at the turnstiles, today’s match against Nottingham Forest will now kick off at 1 pm (UK).”

A new digital ticketing system going down was the reason for the delay. Thousands of fans were stranded outside the Emirates Stadium while they waited to be admitted.

Up to 35,000 fans reportedly remained outside the stadium waiting to enter, according to reports.

A tweet that went viral showed fans waiting in “huge” lines outside the stadium.

On social media, followers responded to the delay.

People having issues with the digital pass, one Twitter user wrote.

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Another remarked, “Fix the turnstiles.”

Another added: “USELESS.”

Another added, “Sort them out!”

Additionally, a fifth person said, “This was the most predictable thing in the history of predictions.”

“We jumped the early kick-off curse,” another person jokingly said.

Although some fans were still outside, the game did start at 1 pm.

In order to avoid conflicting with the 3 pm blackout, during which football matches in the UK cannot be screened on TV, the game had to begin.

Due to a significant manufacturing error, the Arsenal players were sporting the incorrect uniform in the meantime.

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