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Last Updated Tuesday May 22 2018 07:12 PM IST

Oman fans injured during Gulf Cup win celebrations

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Oman fans injured following Gulf Cup win celebration Representational image

Kuwait City: Almost 40 football fans from Oman were injured on Friday evening after a glass barrier broke during celebrations following the country's Gulf Cup win over the United Arab Emirates.

The Pim Verbeek-coached Omanis claimed the title for only the second time in the nation's history with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win after the game had ended scoreless after 120 minutes.

The barrier at the Jaber International Stadium broke as fans from Oman pressed against the glass during celebrations, with the team several meters below at pitch level.

The Kuwait Football Association said on its Twitter account "around 40 people" had been hospitalized for minor injuries and posted videos of some of those involved after they had received treatment.

Kuwait stepped in to host the keenly contested regional tournament at the last minute after diplomatic issues between original hosts Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain threatened this year's competition.

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