John Njau Kibue fell from the eighth floor of the Lusail Stadium, set to host the World Cup final, and passed away three days later in Doha.
A 24-year-old Kenyan man is reportedly dead following ‘severe head injuries’, facial fractures, and pelvic fractures during the Netherlands-Argentina fixture on Saturday 10 at the World Cup Final stadium- Lusail.
According to TheGuardian, John Njau Kibue, was working as a security guard at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The World Cup organizing body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced that Njau died after three days in intensive care and that an inquest on his death will be carried out urgently.
The Supreme Committee noted, “On Saturday 10 December, John Njau Kibue, a security guard at Lusail Stadium, suffered a serious fall while on duty. 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.
“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.”
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Since winning the right to host the World Cup, Qatar has faced scrutiny for various issues, including the safety of migrant workers as well as the resistance against the LGBT movement.
The World Cup preparations in Qatar resulted in the deaths of 6500 migrant laborers, according to a report by the British daily The Guardian, however, Amnesty International puts the number as high as 15,021.
In the same stadium, American sportswriter Grant Wahl died after collapsing in the press box during the Argentina- Netherlands game.