Packed UK trains strand, delay Olympic soccer fans

Want to see your Olympic soccer match in time? You might want to

travel the night before.

Hundreds of fans wanting to see New Zealand, Brazil, Belarus and

Egypt were stranded in London or forced to sit on the train floor

Sunday as Virgin Trains supplied only two morning

London-to-Manchester services in time for the noon kickoff of the

New Zealand-Egypt match in Manchester, 200 miles (320 kilometers)

northwest of London.

Many fans said they were refused entry to the trains at stops

north of London, while others successfully begged their way aboard

and sat on the floor.

Virgin blamed the crush on Brazilian fans who arrived earlier

than expected for their team’s 3 p.m. kickoff versus Belarus. But

the fans noted official Olympic advice urging everyone to arrive

early.