Two dead in fan stampede at soccer stadium

Johannesburg city officials confirmed on Saturday that two people were killed and several injured in a stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium, which was being used for a soccer match between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Luyanda Mfeka, the spokesman for the office of the mayor of Johannesburg, said “the city has been notified of two fatalities.” He further explained the cause of the stampede was being investigated, which happened at one of the gates of the stadium.

Live television coverage of the match had shown no obvious or visual appearance of a disturbance.

In April 2001, a similar stampede saw 63 people crushed to death at Ellis Park, venue for the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. It also occurred when Chiefs and Pirates met in a midweek league match. It was highlighted as being the country’s worst sporting tragedy and came as spectators and fans broke through fences in an effort to get inside the stadium to see the anticipated match.

The Chiefs won 1-0 in the match, which was a traditional pre-season friendly set up between the two clubs. Chiefs and Pirates are South Africa’s best supported clubs and have a rivalry stretching back almost 50 years.

The stadium is known 2010 World Cup final.

 

 

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