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Football: the main tragedies that have occurred in stadiums around the world


The deadly stampede that killed at least 174 people Saturday night in a stadium in eastern Indonesia has many precedents around the world, but will go down as one of the worst in football history.

Moscow, Lima, Heysel...

The mystery still hangs over the number of people who died during a stampede in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow in October 1982 at the end of a Spartak match against the Dutch club Haarlem: 66 according to the authorities, but 340 according to the daily Sovietski sport, which would make it the worst disaster in 50 years, ahead of that in Peru in May 1964. This caused 320 deaths and a thousand injuries during a Peru-Argentina match at the Nacional stadium in Lima, following a crowd movement in the stands.

The gates of the stadium being closed, the supporters could not escape and died of being trampled or asphyxiated.

In Europe, the drama of Heysel, in Brussels, in May 1985 (39 dead), particularly struck the spirits.

Before the start of the meeting between Liverpool and Juventus, English hooligans invade a stand where many tifosi of Juve are.

Separation gates and a low wall collapsed under the pressure of the crowd.

On April 15, 1989, 96 Liverpool supporters died in a stampede in the dilapidated stands of Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

In Egypt, in February 2012, in Port-Saïd, clashes between supporters of the local club Al-Masry and the Cairo club Al-Ahly left 74 dead and hundreds injured in Port-Saïd.

Other murder dramas

- Accra in May 2001 (between two Ghanaian teams): 126 dead.

- Kathmandu in March 1988 (between a Nepalese team and the Bangladesh Liberation Army): a hundred deaths in a crowd movement caused by a violent downpour of hail and a power cut during a match.

- Guatemala in October 1996 (Guatemala-Costa Rica): 90 dead and 150 injured.

- Buenos Aires in June 1968 (derby between local teams): 71 dead and around 150 injured.

- Glasgow (Scotland) in January 1971 (Rangers-Celtic derby): 66 dead.

The Ibrox Stadium had already experienced a stand collapse in 1902 with 26 dead.

- Bradford (England) in May 1985 (against Lincoln City): 56 dead in the fire in the main wooden stand.

- Cairo in February 1974 (between the Zamalek club and the Czechs of Dukla Prague): 48 dead.

- Johannesburg in April 2001 (between the major South African teams Orlando Pirates and Kaiser Chiefs): 43 dead.

Ten years earlier, during a match in Orkney, between the same teams, clashes had left 40 dead.

- Kayseri (Turkey) in September 1967 (between local clubs): 40 dead and 600 injured in fights over a disputed goal.

- Abidjan in March 2009 (Ivory Coast-Malawi): 20 dead and more than 130 injured.

- Cairo in February 2015 (Egyptian championship): 19 dead during clashes between the police and supporters.

- Athens in February 1981 (between Olympiakos and AEK Piraeus): 21 dead.

- Bastia in May 1992 (semi-final of the Coupe de France against Marseille): 19 dead and more than 2,300 injured after the collapse of a stand in the Furiani stadium.

- Uige (Angola) in February 2017 (between two local clubs): at least 17 dead and around 60 injured.

- Dakar (Senegal) in July 2017 (following the final of the League Cup): 8 dead and hundreds injured in scuffles, a crowd movement and the collapse of a wall in the Demba stadium Diop of Dakar.

- Yaoundé (Cameroon) in January 2022 before a match of the African Cup of Nations, 8 dead and 38 injured after the opening of a door by the security forces "in the face of a human tide".

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-10-02

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