Norway and Galatasaray footballer Omar Elabdellaoui has been injured by a firework during a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The Norwegian vice-captain’s club said he was taken to hospital after “an unfortunate accident at his home”. He suffered burns to his face and damage to his eyes, the club said, adding that further tests would assess the extent of his injuries. The New Year’s Eve incident was one of many involving fireworks in Europe. In Elabdellaoui’s case, Turkish reports say a firework exploded in the hand of the 29-year-old defender. Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said the former Manchester City player may have lost vision, without giving further details. But in a statement cited by the newspaper, Galatasaray said Elabdellaoui was conscious, in a stable condition and had not undergone surgery. Galatasaray’s manager Fatih Terim and the team captain Arda Turan went to the hospital to visit Elabdellaoui, who joined the club in 2020 from the Greek side Olympiacos FC. Turkish clubs – including Galatasaray’s Turkish Super Lig rivals Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Trabzonspor – took to social media to wish Elabdellaoui a speedy recovery.