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Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Sabah’s political football

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attended the hastily arranged opening ceremony of the 23rd Gulf Cup in Kuwait City on 21 December. The tournament – which is contested by the eight members of the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation (the six Gulf Co-operation Council states plus Iraq and Yemen) – was originally scheduled to be held in Kuwait but was relocated to Qatar as a result of the international ban imposed on the Kuwait Football Association by the sport’s world governing body FIFA in October 2015.

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