Fans aren’t flocking to Qatar… Authorities are expecting FEWER England supporters for World Cup last 16 match with Senegal than were in the country for the group stages – with many hedging bets for semi-final clash
Authorities in Qatar are expecting fewer England fans for their match with Senegal than were in the country for the group stage.
Over 10,000 — including expats — were in Doha to see games against Iran, the USA and Wales.
But officials here think that figure will drop to around 7,000 for the tie with Senegal at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Officials are expecting fewer England fans in Qatar for their last 16 tie with Senegal
7,000 Three Lions supporters are predicted to be in the country compared to 10,000 for the group stages
The view is that many are hedging their bets and waiting to see if the Three Lions make the semi-final, and will then flood to the Gulf state — with a huge influx expected should that be the case.
Many supporters who came out for the group stage are now back in the UK. While airlines have experienced an upsurge in sales over the past couple of days, plenty of empty seats remain on direct flights to Doha from both London and Manchester, with England set to have 30 per cent fewer backers against the African champions.
There are yet to be any arrests of England fans, with zero reported incidents aside from a minor flashpoint close to the Wales section during the 3-0 win over their British rivals.
Many supporters are said to be hedging their bets that England will reach the semi-final
A number of fans are now thought to be back in the United Kingdom after travelling to the Middle East in November