Soccer last of the Gulf Cup in Iraq is to happen regardless of the onslaught

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On the golf cup The ultimate between Iraq and Oman will go forward as scheduled in Basra on Thursday, Iraqi soccer officers mentioned regardless of a lethal stampede exterior the stadium simply hours earlier.

“The match between the Iraqi and Omani nationwide groups will go forward as deliberate,” the Iraqi Soccer Affiliation mentioned. “We enchantment to honorable followers to chorus from visiting the stadium because the stands are fully full.”

Earlier Thursday, a stampede close to the Jaza’a Al Nakhla stadium — the place Iraq and Oman had been anticipated to play within the Arabian Gulf Cup last — killed one individual and injured a minimum of 60 others, the state-run Iraqi Information Company (INA ). .

1000’s of followers had gathered in and across the stadium hours earlier than kick-off to observe the sport.

Soccer fans try to enter the Basra International Stadium to watch the final match of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup between Iraq and Oman in Basra, Iraq January 19.

After the stampede, the Iraqi Inside Ministry mentioned the stadium’s gates had been now “closed” and no extra followers could be allowed inside, the INA reported.

Iraqi police urged non-ticket holders to not go to the stadium to keep away from visitors jams, INA mentioned.

“The variety of followers could be very giant and we do not need there to be asphyxiation and put strain on the safety forces,” Iraqi police spokesman Sa’advert Ma’an mentioned in an announcement launched on INA.

Health workers carry fans injured in a stampede with a stretcher in Basra, Iraq January 19.

Protection Ministry spokesman Common Yahya Rasoul urged followers to as an alternative collect in leisure zones the place the sport can be performed on massive screens.

That is the primary time that Iraq has hosted the Golf Cup since 1979, when the Golf Cup was hosted within the capital Baghdad.

A video despatched to CNN confirmed followers seated within the stadium after the stampede. The seating areas with Iraqi followers had been fully full whereas the realm for Omani followers was empty as they had been arriving later within the day.