Violent jostling before the final match of the Khaleeji 25 regional tournament played between Iraq and Oman, caused the death of one person and left a dozen injured in front of the Basra stadium.
Early in the morning, before the match between the Iraqi and Omani teams, hundreds of fans clashed and jostled to enter the stadium without tickets, leading to scenes of violence.
One person died, while a dozen others were slightly injured, following a stampede among thousands of fans who did not carry cards and wanted to watch the match which starts at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT), according to a medical source who remained anonymous, quoted by Afp.
An official from the Ministry of the Interior confirmed this report, explaining that these stampedes were due to the “large number of fans, in particular of people without tickets, who gathered since the morning and tried to enter” the stadium. .
In photos posted on social networks, we could see a human tide trying to reach the stadium. This is the first time since 1979 that the Gulf Cup, a bi-annual event, has been organized there.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Chia al-Sudani arrived in Basra and held a meeting with provincial leaders after the stampede but did not comment on the scenes of the stampede while the Governor of Basra said that: ” If the stampede continues, the final Gulf 25 game could be moved out of Iraq”.
Basra International Stadium in Iraq will host the last matches of the “Gulf Cup 25” or Khaleeji 25 between the Iraqi and Omani national team. The tournament brought together eight countries (Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen and United Arab Emirates).