Baghdad: Iraq Football Association (IFA) expressed Saturday its regret to the Kuwaiti delegation for being unable to attend the inauguration ceremony of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup due to stampede that occurred in front of the stadium in Basra City. In a statement, the association expressed its great sorrow over some unorganized matters during the inauguration ceremony in Basra City.

Head of IFA Adnan Darjal apologized to the Kuwaiti delegation for obstacles that prevented it from entering the stadium.

Thus, Sheikh Fahad Al-Naser, representative of His Highness the Amir and head of the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee, and head of Kuwait Football Association and members left.

Darjal voiced sorrow over the stampede that happened in front of the stadium, stressing that the IFA and those responsible for organizing the event will take into consideration making all things in good shape.

What has happened will not affect the deep-rooted relations between Iraq and Kuwait, he affirmed, also noting that the Kuwait Football Association has supported greatly holding the championship in Basra City.

He urged audience to continue providing necessary support to make a successful championship that will help the country host sports events after a long period of suspension.