Portugal vs Morocco: Why There Are So Many Empty Seats Thumama Stadium
There were several empty seats at the Al Thumama Stadium Qatar as Morocco attempted history to become the first African semi-finalists.
But several reports claimed that supporters were being blocked from entering with riot police being deployed.
Fans complained of ticketing problems at the start of the winter tournament.
Fifa’s online app, in which tickets are activated by bluetooth and result in a QR code, was not working.
It caused Fifa to release a statement after England supporters missed the start of the eventual 6-2 opening game win over Iran.
It read: “Some spectators are currently experiencing an issue with accessing their tickets via the FIFA ticketing app.
“FIFA is working on solving the issue.
“In the meantime, fans who are not able to access their mobile tickets should check the email accounts they used to register with the ticketing app for further instructions
“In case fans cannot access their email accounts, the stadium’s Ticket Resolution Point will be able to support.
“We thank fans for their understanding as we work to fix the issue as soon as possible.”
By the first quarter of the match, seats slowly began to fill up.
Morocco reached the last eight following a shock win over Spain on penalties, while Portugal hammered Switzerland 6-1.