Kuwait launches investigation after stadium injuries

Dozens of Omani fans were injured at the Arabian Gulf Cup final

Kuwait has launched an investigation after 40 Omani football fans were injured while celebrating the sultanate’s Arabian Gulf Cup win, the Public Authority for Sports (PAS) said on Saturday.

The fans plunged to the ground after a glass barrier shattered at the finals at Kuwait City’s Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium on Friday, January 5.

This followed the Omani national team’s sealing of its second Arabian Gulf trophy after beating the UAE in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw.

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Pictures carried by state news agency KUNA showed officials including Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah visiting the fans in hospital.

The majority of those injured have now been released from hospital and air tickets and accommodation are being provided to those that missed their flights home, according to KUNA.

PAS director general Homoud Flaiteh said an investigation had been launched into the circumstances surrounding the incident.