Kuwait participated for the first time in the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain. The Kuwaitis did such a thing in the debut tournament, which is rare in the history of the World Cup. Not being able to accept the unfair decision of the referee towards his country, the then prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed, came down to protest. Argued with the referee. He threatened to stop the match. His threat forced the referee to cancel the goal. Referee Miroslav Stupar was banned after the match.
There are countless moments in the FIFA World Cup, which leave the audience stunned. A strange incident happened in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Kuwait participated in the World Cup held in Spain for the first time. They did such a thing in their debut tournament, which is rare in the history of the World Cup.
Kuwait faces one of the ’82 World Cup favorites France after a 1-1 draw against Czechoslovakia. The then prince of Kuwait Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah was present at the field to watch that historic match. who was also the president of the Kuwait Football Association.
Kuwait started well in that match. However, after 30 minutes, Bernard put France ahead. After that, Kuwait lost 3-0 in the first half after conceding two more goals.
At the end of the second half, Abdullah Al Buloushi scored a goal for Kuwait. The French midfielder Alain Gires scored. And that’s the obstacle. The Kuwaiti players complained about that goal. The Kuwaiti footballers stopped hearing the whistle of the match referee. And Gires scored on that opportunity. But that whistle came from a gallery visitor.
The prince of Kuwait could not accept such an unfair decision toward his country. He went down to the field in protest. Argued with the referee. He threatened to stop the match. His threat forced the referee to cancel the goal. However, referee Stupar was banned after the match. However, in the end, Kuwait left the field with a 4-1 loss in the match.
However, the incident of the Kuwaiti prince overshadowed the victory and defeat of the match. Since then, there is no such precedent in the history of the World Cup. That incident is still marked separately in the minds of Kuwaiti football fans.