Kuwait City (OIC-UNA) - Several football fans were injured at the Jaber International Stadium in Kuwait when a glass barrier collapsed near the stands of Omani fans following the thrilling encounter between Oman and UAE teams for the Gulf Cup which Oman won on Friday in Kuwait.
The incident happened just after the end of the game when Oman managed to win the penalty shootout 5-4. The Omani team came near the fans following the victory. The glass barrier fell, leading to the fall of some fans, resulting in injuries among them. Ambulances arrived immediately at the scene inside the stadium to deal with the injured.
About 40 people were slightly injured, according to Dr. Mohammad Khalil, director of the Gulf Cup. He said in a statement that some of the injured were taken to hospital.
The event was attended by Oman's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh, who is also chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Gulf Cup.
Oman defeated UAE 5-4 on penalties to take home the Gulf Cup for the second time in the history of the championship. The 23rd Gulf Cup final in Kuwait proved to be a thrilling encounter as the game went into penalty shoot after the two teams were goalless even after extra time. Oman's goalkeeper emerged the day's hero by denying UAE's star player Omar Abdulrahman twice - saving an 88th minute penalty and again in a match-winning save in the shootout. During the shootout, with the score level at 4-4, Oman's Mohsin Johar beat the UAE custodian Khalid Essa to ensure Oman squad the prestigious trophy for the second time.
Source: International Islamic News Agency