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World Cup Security Guard Dies After Fall at Lusail Stadium

A World Cup security guard has died after suffering a “serious fall” while on duty at the Lusail Stadium for Argentina’s quarter-final match against the Netherlands.

The man has been named as John Njau Kibue, a 24-year-old from Kenya who moved to Qatar a year ago.

The precise details of how he fell are unclear but the incident came after Argentina had beaten the Netherlands on penalties in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The security guard was taken to Hamad Medical Hospital in an ambulance and was said to be in a “stable but critical condition” on Saturday. He sadly passed away on Tuesday.

A statement from the Qatar Supreme Committee read: “On Saturday 10 December, John Njau Kibue, a security guard at Lusail Stadium, suffered a serious fall while on duty.

“Stadium medical teams immediately attended the scene and provided emergency treatment before he was transferred to Hamad Medical Hospital’s intensive care unit via ambulance. We regret to announce that, despite the efforts of the medical team, he sadly passed away in hospital on Tuesday 13 December, after being in the intensive care unit for three days. His next of kin have been informed.

“We send our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and friends during this difficult time. Qatar’s tournament organisers are investigating the circumstances leading to the fall as a matter of urgency and will provide further information pending the outcome of the investigation. We will also ensure that his family receive all outstanding dues and monies owed.”

The American soccer journalist Grant Wahl passed away after collapsing at the same match.
The Lusail Stadium will host the World Cup final between Argentina and either France or Morocco on Sunday.

The post World Cup Security Guard Dies After Fall at Lusail Stadium was originally published on The Athletic.

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