Dozens injured as barrier collapses at Gulf Cup final in Kuwait

Dozens injured as barrier collapses at Gulf Cup final in Kuwait
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06 January, 2018
Around 40 football fans were injured on Friday after a barrier at a Kuwait stadium collapsed during the final of the Gulf Cup.
Many were hospitalised for minor injuries after the barrier collapsed [Getty]

Around 40 people were injured on Friday when a glass barrier broke at the Gulf Cup final in Kuwait, shortly after Oman beat the United Arab Emirates on penalties to claim the title.

In a statement posted by the Kuwaiti FA on Twitter, minister of state for youth affairs Khaled al-Roudhan was quoted as saying "around 40 people" had been injured the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Stadium in Kuwait City.

They were hospitalised for "minor injuries" likely after rushing towards the barrier to celebrate with their players.

Sattam al-Sahli, head of communications for the 23rd Gulf Cup, had initially told AFP that 11 had been injured.

Roudhan added that the injured were "all OK" and that the Kuwaiti authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

An AFP photographer at the scene reported that the barrier collapsed as jubilant fans pushed up against the glass to cheer players waving up at them from below.

The incident marred Oman's second Gulf Cup triumph, which came through spot kicks following a goal-less draw with the UAE to claim the title.

Oman lifts the Gulf Cup for the second time [Getty]