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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: The Kuwait Football Association expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the poor organization of the opening ceremony of the 25th Gulf Cup in the city of Basra, and the resulting mass stampede and overcrowding that prevented the entry of the representative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah – Chairman of the Kuwait Olympic Committee Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Al- Ahmad – to the Palm Trunk Stadium to attend the opening ceremony, in order to preserve his safety and the safety of his accompanying delegation, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The association stated that, “Due to what happened and in solidarity with the representative of His Highness the Amir of the country, the president of the Kuwait Football Association and his accompanying delegation withdrew from the opening ceremony. His Iraqi counterpart and those responsible for the organization were informed of the association’s protest against these organizational matters. In order to preserve the status and importance of the tournament, and in support of the brothers, the Kuwait national football team will participate in the tournament activities.
With assurances from the Iraqi side about the availability of all security and safety means required for the continuation of participation, the president of the Kuwait Football Association and his accompanying delegation will follow up the affairs of the national team to ensure that the players are not affected by any of these events, and to be assured of their security and safety. We reassure the Kuwaiti fans about the safety of the players and all members of the Kuwaiti delegation, who are currently in the city of Basra.”