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A Gulf Cup last match between Iraq and Oman will happen in Basra on Thursday as scheduled, Iraqi soccer officers stated, regardless of a lethal stampede outdoors the stadium simply hours earlier.
“The match between the Iraqi and Omani nationwide groups will happen as scheduled,” the Iraqi Soccer Affiliation stated. “We name on honorable followers to chorus from coming to the match stadium as a result of the stands are fully full.”
Earlier on 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 particular person and injured at the least 60 others, state-run Iraq Information Company (INA) reported.
Hundreds of followers had gathered in and across the stadium hours earlier than the kickoff in an effort to look at the match.
After the stampede, Iraq’s inside ministry stated that the stadium gates at the moment are “closed” and that no extra followers can be allowed to enter, reported the INA.
Iraqi police requested non-ticket holders to chorus from heading to the stadium to keep away from congestion, INA stated.
“The numbers of followers are very giant, and we don’t want there to be circumstances of suffocation, and stress to construct on safety forces,” Iraqi police spokesman Sa’advert Ma’an stated in an announcement printed on INA.
Protection ministry spokesperson Normal Yahya Rasoul known as on followers to as an alternative collect at leisure zones the place the match will likely be performed on giant screens.
That is the primary time Iraq has hosted the Gulf Cup since 1979, when it was held within the capital Baghdad.
A video despatched to CNN confirmed followers seated contained in the stadium after the stampede. Seating areas internet hosting Iraqi followers had been fully full, whereas the part designated to Omani followers was empty, pending their arrival later within the day.