‘A sad joke’: Perth football fans rocked by train chaos before AC Milan-Roma friendly

Western Australian fans were left shaken after train chaos in Perth left thousands of fans stranded ahead of the friendly between AC Milan and AS Roma at Optus Stadium.

More than 50,000 fans were expected to attend the match, but 45 minutes before kick-off, half of Perth’s rail lines were hit by unexpected technical problems.

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Transperth, the agency that administers Perth’s public transport system, quickly released a series of statements.

At 7.19pm, Transperth posted: “Trains on the Armadale line are currently delayed due to a technical issue.

“Trains will continue to run but will not follow the regular timetable.

“Please allow extra travel time and be aware that late trains may not connect with bus and train services on time.”

Just three minutes later, the agency posted on its website: “Trains on the Fremantle and Midland lines are currently delayed due to a technical problem.

“Trains will continue to run but will not follow the regular timetable.

“Please allow extra travel time and be aware that late trains may not connect with bus and train services on time.”

Football podcast and channel The Far Post Perth took to social media during the warm-up where it was clear many more people were still to arrive, writing: “The warm-up is underway but there are said to be thousands of fans stuck in the city waiting for the trains”.

Fans were furious, lashing out with 40 minute waits.

The same fan posted: “Ugly ugly scenes at Perth station. Thousands of people are choking the platforms and getting angrier by the second.”

Another fan commented: “@Transperth we are trying to miss the start of the football match at Optus. It’s not your finest hour. Any explanation due. Would you like to explain to a 6 and 8 year old that they have been waiting for an hour at the train station?

Even though the match between the two Italian powerhouses is only a friendly, both teams are coming off excellent Serie A seasons.

Milan finished second in the competition behind arch-rivals Inter.

Roma, however, came close to qualifying for the Champions League, finishing sixth in Serie A.

But it was Roma who opened the scoring with Tommaso Baldanzi in the 27th minute.

It is the first time the teams have met in Australia.

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