The Welsh football community is mourning after a fan died in Qatar with his son on a dream trip to see his country’s first appearance at a World Cup since 1958.
Kevin Davies, 62, reportedly missed Friday’s Wales game against Iran after falling ill.
He is said to have been taken to a hospital in Doha, where he died of natural causes.
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“Unfortunately we lost one of the Red Walls yesterday in Qatar,” the Welsh Fans’ Embassy wrote on Twitter.
“Our sincere condolences go out to his son here in Doha and his family in Wales.
“Rest in peace.”
Davies’ son, 38, and other friends on the trip were “brave” in dealing with the tragedy, according to fan group member Paul Corkrey.
“He was part of the Red Wall and we are all devastated for him and his family,” he told the Press Association.
“We are all like a big family and we lost one of our family members today.”
The British and Qatari authorities are supporting Davies’ son locally, and the Welsh Football Association is also strengthening.
“Mae CBDC yn cydymdeimlo efo teulu a ffrindiau Kevin Davies (Our condolences to Kevin Davies’ family and friends),” wrote FA Wales.
“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 touch with Kevin’s family to help in any way they can.”
FA Wales chief executive Noel Mooney said: “I am so sorry to hear that one of our supporters has passed away here. Our condolences go out to the family and of course we are here to support them in any way we can.”
Wales opened their World Cup season last Sunday with a 1-1 draw against the United States before suffering a 2-0 defeat by Iran.
They meet England on Tuesday and need a surprise win – and a draw between Iran and the USA in the other Group B final – to advance to the knockout stages.
Welsh and English football officials are reportedly set to meet to discuss how to pay tribute to Davies.
His death is the second loss Wales are mourning at the World Cup after defender Neco Williams, 21, lost his grandfather the day before their first game.
He was in tears after the draw against USA and was comforted on the pitch by coach Rob Page.
“Yesterday was the hardest news I’ve ever known and that was when my mom told me about my grandfather’s past last night,” Williams said.
“It was extremely hard going from crying all day to starting a World Cup game, but I got through it thanks to the support of my teammates and family.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/world-cup-soccer/welsh-football-fan-kevin-davies-dies-in-qatar-on-dream-trip-to-world-cup-with-his-son-c-8978315 Welsh football fan Kevin Davies dies in Qatar on a dream trip with his son to the 2022 World Cup