Fan hon­oured for sup­port­ing In­dia and UAE at Asian Cup

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An In­dia foot­ball fan who raised a sign that read “my na­tion­al­ity is In­dian, but my heart is Emi­rati” dur­ing an Asian Cup match against the UAE last week has been com­mended by the head of the sports au­thor­ity.

Maj Gen Mo­hammed Al Ru­maithi, chair­man of the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity for Sports and vice pres­i­dent of the Supreme Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the AFC Asian Cup 2019, met with In­dian spec­ta­tor Raz­zaq Osan Konath to con­grat­u­late him for his “sports­man­ship, civilised cheer­ing and love for the UAE”.

In­dia lost to the UAE by two goals on Thurs­day when they met dur­ing the group stages of the cup at the Zayed Sports City Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi.

The two men met yes­ter­day at the Abu Dhabi Sports Coun­cil head­quar­ters, where Maj Gen Al Ru­maithi pre­sented Mr Konath with the Abu Dhabi Sports Coun­cil shield in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his love for the coun­try’s na­tional team dur­ing the cup.

Maj Gen Al Ru­maithi said that his be­hav­iour re­flects “the im­age of a na­tion of tol­er­ance, as well as the UAE’s stature in the hearts of all na­tion­al­i­ties who co­ex­ist on the land of the late Sheikh Zayed in love and peace”.

This year is the Year of Tol­er­ance, pro­vid­ing for and cel­e­brat­ing the foun­da­tion of a co­he­sive so­ci­ety that is open to peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds and re­li­gions.

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