Footballer Elabdellaoui hospitalised with eye injuries after firework accident

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Norwegian footballer Omar Elabdellaoui was hospitalised with eye damage and facial burns after fireworks exploded in his hand at his home in Istanbul on New Year's Eve.

 

Elabdellaoui, a Norway national side member and former Manchester City player, was conscious and the injuries are not life threatening, his Turkish club Galatasaray said on Friday.

The eye damage will be understood after further examination, it added.

A four-day coronavirus-related curfew began in Turkey at 9:00 pm (local time) on Thursday, meaning that large gatherings to celebrate the New Year were not possible and people had to party at home, where some set off fireworks.

"Fireworks exploded in Omar's hand. But he speaks and can respond to doctors" in the intensive care ward, the club's vice president Abdurrahim Albayrak told reporters at the hospital.

"The year 2020 was unlucky, and Galatasaray members experienced such an unlucky event at the last minute," he said.

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