Scores of Wales fans are set to miss the crucial World Cup match against Iran after a ‘glitch in the system’ has seen them turned away at Dubai airport.
At least 80 Welsh fans have been told they cannot enter Qatar, meaning they will miss today’s match in a situation they’ve described as ‘hellish’.
A ‘glitch in the system’ at Dubai airport has meant that their Hayya cards, which act as Qatar visas, have not been accepted by officials.
Scores of Wales fans are set to miss the crucial World Cup match against Iran after a ‘glitch in the system’ has seen them turned away at Dubai airport
At Dubai airport this morning, a group of 78 Welsh fans were turned away and will miss the match in Qatar, reports BBC Radio Wales.
A number of fans have been staying in neighbouring countries such as Dubai during the World Cup due to Qatar’s alcohol restrictions and how expensive accommodation is in Doha.
They have been travelling into Qatar on shuttle flights, but a number of Welsh fans have now been caught out by a ‘glitch in the system’ that meant their Hayya cards were still ‘pending’.
Welsh fan Hywel Price, from Cardiff, said he was one of 13 friends who were set to miss the match against Iran because they were not allowed to board their flight from Dubai to Qatar due to an issue with their Hayya cards.
He said they had no issue travelling to Doha from Dubai for the Wales v USA match on Monday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
But on Friday, he was told that he was not allowed to board his flight because the Hayya visa card was still pending on the app.
He told BBC Radio Wales: ‘We got up at 02:30 this morning to travel in a taxi to the airport for a 06:30 flight, but when we got there we were told by officials that our Hayya cards had been rejected.
‘It’s hellish – there were 13 of us from Wales on that flight having the same issue, and trying to prove that we had been approved to travel, even though the app still said the permit was pending.
‘People have had emails saying that their cards were valid, only to find when they get to the airport that they have been refused entry’.
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