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Leicester investigate ticketing issues as fans miss start of home opener

Leicester City officials have vowed to resolve ticketing issues ahead of the next King Power Stadium game after some fans missed the English Premier League football club’s first home goal of the season against Brighton on Saturday.

Some season-ticket holders were unable to enter the arena told they needed to “upgrade” their passes and directed to the club shop.

Many missed the start of the game, and their anger was compounded as Shinji Okazaki put Leicester ahead after just 52 seconds.

A spokesman for the club told the Leicester Mercury newspaper that it is assessing what caused the problems, however it is believed the problem might have been exacerbated by the large number of fans who turned up just before the start.

The club has introduced new season ticket machines for the start of the 2017-18 season and fans had been warned to arrive early.

A club spokesman said: “The club is aware that some supporters experienced difficulty gaining access to King Power Stadium ahead ofSaturday’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We are currently assessing the cause of the problems experienced and the extent to which they were heightened by an unusually high number of late arrivals to the stadium.

“We expect any issues to be resolved ahead of our next home fixture on September 9. However, as always, we strongly recommend that supporters arrive at the stadium in plenty of time to avoid any such difficulties entering the stadium.”

One fan tweeted: “I got inside eventually. No instructions from the club but they opened a new entrance. First game of the season and I missed the team walking out and the first home goal of the season. Still saw 20 mins of the first half tho.”

IMAGE: Dom Fellowes