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Kuwait Pressure Pays Off

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 16:55

The Kuwait fanbase
The Kuwait fanbase

Kuwait had drawn their first match against an abject Czechoslovakia and held out for the first half-hour against a talented France side in their second Group B encounter at the 1982 World Cup.

France went 3-1 ahead and ought to have made it four, when Alain Giresse ran through the Kuwaiti defence and slotted the ball past Ahmad Al-Tarabulsi.

The Kuwaitis were furious, insisting they had stopped because they had heard a whistle, which had actually been blown in the crowd.

They surrounded Soviet referee Miroslav Stupar and team manager Sheikh Al-Sabah appeared on the touchline to order his players off the pitch.

Incredibly, referee Stupar disallowed the goal, but France went on to score their rightful fourth through Maxime Bossis.