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London Stadium’s lax security allows father to stroll into World Championships

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on 14th August 2017

Questions have been raised about London Stadium’s security after a father walked in without a ticket to watch the World Athletics Championships from a front-row seat.

Richard Levene and his seven-year-old daughter caught the 200m men’s and women’s final and semi-final, along with the long jump and triple jump finals for free.

The Category A, front-row seats that the pair found themselves in on Thursday, August 10 cost £95 (€104/$123) each.

Levene claims that he and his daughter were shopping at Westfield and, after seeing crowds gathering at the venue, decided to see how close to the stadium they could get.

After the dad found himself strolling past ticket and bag checks and into the stadium, Levene has raised questions about the lax security at the arena.

He said, according to the Daily Mail newspaper: “With what’s going on in the world, I want people to know how atrocious it is that I could walk into a world class sporting event without any check.

“I could have had anything on me. I was gobsmacked that no one even asked to see my tickets.

“There were two free seats in the front row – nobody is going to turn down that opportunity. I was sitting within four or five yards of all the international athletes.”

Levene claims that he had not intended to sneak in, but after his daughter asked what was going on with the crowds, he “just wanted to see how close to the stadium he could get.”

He added: “There were two queues you could walk through and no one stopped me as we walked through. There were a couple of guards searching bags but they didn’t stop me to ask for my tickets.

“The next thing I know I’m sitting in the stadium watching the events.

“After the terrible Manchester bombings at the Ariana Grande concert, this kind of event should have much more strict security to ensure there is not another terrorist tragedy.”

Operator alleges stolen Computicket passes led to fatal Soccer City stampede

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on 31st July 2017

Fake tickets from Computicket might have played a role in the stampede that led to two deaths at a high-profile football match at Johannesburg’s huge Soccer City Stadium.

Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA), which manages the venue, is pushing for an investigation to determine the origin of what appears to be fake tickets that led to crushing at a derby match on Saturday between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

The 87,000-capacity Soccer City – also known as FNB Stadium – hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands. It also staged Nelson Mandela’s memorial in 2013, which was broadcast live around the world.

According to the Eye Witness News website, SMSA said a preliminary investigation showed that the incident was caused by a group of fans with fraudulent tickets trying to gain access to the stadium. It is reported that police confiscated about 3,000 counterfeit tickets that fans had in their possession at the Carling Black Label Cup match.

SMSA chief executive Jacques Grobbelaar said the tickets were clearly printed as if from South Africa-based ticket operator Computicket.

He said: “The stock is serial numbered, it should be locked away, it should be signed out against proper registers. Our inference at this stage is that the ticket stock had been stolen.”

As well as Soccer City, SMSA operates the three other major arenas in Johannesburg: Orlando Stadium, Dobsonville Stadium and Rand Stadium. Computicket is headquartered in Johannesburg.

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