Fans threw shoes at the Qatar team while the players celebrated scoring a second goal against United Arab Emirates in an Asian Cup semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday night.
The tournament is being hosted in the UAE and it’s said the majority of spectators at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium were locals, angered by a political dispute between the two countries.
— Jordan Gardner (@mrjordangardner) January 29, 2019
Shoes and other items were thrown onto the pitch and at the Qatar players as they gathered near one of the corner flags following Almoez Ali’s goal in the first-half.
Officials gathered at the front of the stand in an effort to placate the supporters, but to no avail.
It was a wild night in Abu Dhabi tonight pic.twitter.com/HsnqcPTPFS
— BabaGol (@BabaGol_) January 29, 2019
The UAE effectedly severed ties with the oil and gas-rich Gulf state in 2017 over its alleged links to Islamic terrorism.
Qatar came away with a 4-0 win and will now face Japan in their first ever Asian Cup final.