Falooda: The absence of the fans is “sad” and the modest results of “Al-Abyad” are behind his reluctance

A small audience supported the UAE national team in the stands against Syria

  • A fan of the national team publishes the victory sign on the stands of Al Maktoum Stadium.

    Photography: Osama Abu Ghanem

  • A Syrian cheerleader and behind her are large numbers of Syrian football fans.

    Photography: Osama Abu Ghanem


A small number of Emirati fans attended the Al Maktoum Stadium in Al Nasr Club in Dubai, to support the national football team during its match yesterday, against Syria, within the seventh round for the first group account in the decisive round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which ended with the victory of Al-Abyad with two goals. clean.

Despite the match being held in Dubai, the Emirati fans did not attend the stands in the required numbers, as they did previously, and supported his country’s team in various football matches and events, although the Football Association was keen to provide all facilities that enable the public to attend extensively and support the national team. His country, especially as it is going through a sensitive stage in its journey in these qualifiers, including the provision of entry tickets, encouragement tools and medical examinations for free entry to the match.

And most of the stadium's stands seemed empty of the public attendance of the Emirates team, and the few fans who were present at the match stadium raised the white "hashtag" stronger with the support of their fans.

The head of the National Team Supporters Association, Fahd Al-Mansour, nicknamed "Falooda", attributed the absence of the fans from the stands in the Syrian match to the team's recent results, whether it was in the World Cup qualifiers or the 2022 Arab Cup that was recently held in Qatar, noting that they are in the fans' association. During the last period, they made great efforts to have a large crowd in the stands.

Falooda told "Emirates Today": "Although the absence of the team's fans from supporting the team in this match is sad, I do not blame the audience, because the results of the team in the last period were not encouraging for the public to attend its matches."

Falooda stressed that the public's return to the stands needs the team to appear well.

"The positive results of the team play a big role in the presence of the public behind the team," Falooda added, noting that "the Football Association, in turn, has made all the facilities in order for the public to be present in the stands to support his country's team, whether by providing entry tickets or free tests and others."

Falooda thanked the Football Association for the facilities it has been providing to the UAE public on various occasions.

Falooda indicated that an emergency health condition prevented him from being in the stands and leading the team's fans from the stadium.

For his part, a member of the National Team Supporters Association, Mohammed Rashid bin Ajil, attributed the absence of the fans from the stands, with the exception of a few numbers, to what he described as the circumstances that the team went through in the past period, stressing that the UAE fans have always been keen to support the national team and support it strongly.

On the other hand, estimated numbers of the Syrian community residing in the UAE were keen to support their team from the stands, support and encourage it during the match.

• The public did not attend the stands in the required numbers, as it used to do previously.


• «The Football Association provided all facilities to secure the support of the public from the stands and provided entry tickets for free».

• “I do not blame the public, because the results of the team in the last period were not encouraging to attend its matches.”

• “An emergency health problem prevented me from being in the stands and leading the national team fans from the stadium.”

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