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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8: The Iraqi Football Association has apologized to the Kuwaiti delegation for the difficulties that prevented it from entering the ‘Palm Trunk’ stadium to attend the opening ceremony of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup tournament, reports Al-Anba daily. In a statement, the federation expressed its deep regret that some organizational matters had gone out of their proper framework at the opening ceremony.
The President of the Iraqi Federation, Adnan Darjal, apologized to the Kuwaiti delegation for the difficulties it faced in entering the Stadium which forced the representative of His Highness the Amir, the President of the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee, Sheikh Fahd Al-Nasser, the President of the Kuwaiti Federation and members of the Board of Directors to not attend the ceremony.
Darjal expressed his deep regret over the mass stampede that occurred in front of the stadium and inside the main cabin, stressing that the Iraqi Federation, as well as those in charge of organizing the tournament, will take into account the need to avoid what happened to ensure that the organizational process. Darjal stressed that what happened in terms of organizational matters will not affect the strength of the relationship between Iraq and Kuwait, especially at the sports level.
He pointed out that the Kuwaiti Federation was one of the strongest supporters of holding the tournament in the city of Basra, whether through the visit of the President of the Federation, Abdullah Al-Shaheen, and his accompanying delegation, to the two tournament stadiums, about three weeks before it was held, or by the presence of the national team to meet the Iraqi team in a friendly match at the Olympic Port Stadium.
Meanwhile, in an exciting atmosphere, Kuwait’s crowds headed to al-Minaa Olympic Stadium in the Iraqi city of Basra (Saturday) to back their “Blue” team which met Qatar on Saturday as part of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup event. Beside Kuwait and Qatar, Group C includes the UAE and Bahrain. The event kicked off January 6, Friday, and will last until January 19.