Wales supporter, 62, dies in Qatar while watching Gareth Bales’ team at World Cup
A Wales supporter has sadly died while visiting Qatar to watch Gareth Bales’ team in the 2022 World Cup.
Kevin Davies, 62, from Pembrokeshire, was in Doha with his son and friends, and is believed to have died from natural causes.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has confirmed it is ‘supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar’.
The Welsh Fan Embassy tweeted on Saturday: ‘Unfortunately we have lost one of the Red wall yesterday in Qatar, our sincere condolences go out to his son here in Doha and his family back in Wales.
Wales lost their second match to Iran on Friday in front of a large contingent of home fans
‘May he rest in peace.’
Mr Davies was not watching his team lose 2-0 to Iran at the time of his death, it is understood.
According to eyewitnesses, an ambulance was called and paramedics treated Mr Davies, but were unable to save him.
Noel Mooney, chief executive of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), wrote on Twitter: ‘So sorry to hear that one of our supporters has passed away here.’
He added: ‘Our condolences go to the family and of course we are here to support however we can.’
FA Wales said in a statement: ‘Our deepest condolences from everyone at the Football Association of Wales.
‘Our thoughts are with Kevin’s family and friends at this sad time. The FAW is in contact with Kevin’s family to help in whatever way we can.’
Around 2,500 Wales fans have made the trip to Doha for this year’s tournament.
Fellow Welsh fans responded to the news from the Fan Embassy with shock and sadness.
One social media user wrote: ‘This really does put things into perspective. RIP. Thinking of his family and friends.’
The Free Lions, a fan organisation offering advice and emergency support to England’s fan base, added: ‘We are devastated to hear this. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends.’
This story is being updated.