Fans offered refunds over Tube strike

ENGLAND face the prospect of playing in front of a half-empty Wembley tonight after fans were offered refunds because of the Tube strike.<br /><br />Industrial action on the London Underground will severely restrict supporters&rsquo; travel options, while road and rail networks are expected to be swollen by extra passengers.<br /><br />The Football Association said no additional transport would be provided, and warned fans to &ldquo;prepare for a disrupted journey&rdquo;.<br /><br />Ticket sales were halted last week at 70,000, as the strike threat loomed large. If a third of fans with tickets choose to stay away, the attendance would be little more than 45,000 &ndash; half the capacity.<br /><br />It had been feared that England might have to play the game behind closed doors, amid concerns that traffic congestion could hamper access for emergency services.<br /><br />But after crisis talks between the FA, police, Brent Council and Transport for London the match was given the go-ahead, with turnstiles to be opened early at 5.45pm.<br /><br />FA chief executive Ian Watmore said: &ldquo;We recommend that supporters plan to travel to Wembley as early as possible and prepare for a disrupted journey.&rdquo;