According to The Atheltic, a migrant worker died during the World Cup while performing repairs at the resort used as a training base for the Saudi Arabia squad during the group stages.
Alex, the victim of this tragic accident, was said to have been involved in a forklift truck accident in which he slipped off a ramp falling headfirst against the concrete.
His task was to fix the lights in a car park at the five-star Sealine Beach resort.
A medical helicopter flew to the incident but Alex could not be saved. Multiple workers at the site claimed he had not been wearing a safety harness however it is not yet known whether he was provided one by his employer, Salam Petroleum.
FIFA said: “FIFA is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts and sympathies are with the worker’s family. As soon as FIFA was made aware of the accident, we contacted the local authorities to request more details. FIFA will be in a position to comment further once the relevant processes in relation to the worker’s passing have been completed.”
Mark Marston | GWFN