Wednesday, 30 November, 2022

Major football stadium tragedies

Major football stadium tragedies
Indonesian football supporters named Ultras spray flower petals and light candles during a candlelight vigil to show their condolences to victims of a stampede, in Jakarta on Sunday. – AFP PHOTO

The stampede at a domestic football match in eastern Indonesia that led to at least 125 deaths late on Saturday is the latest in a long line of football stadium tragedies.

AFP Sport highlights some of the worst:

May 24, 1964 (PERU)

                • 320 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured during a stampede at a Peru-Argentina Olympic qualifier at Lima's National Stadium. Fans could not escape the crush and were trampled or asphyxiated.

October 20, 1982 (RUSSIA)

                • Mystery still surrounds the total number who died when there was a crush in a stairwell at the end of a UEFA Cup match between Spartak Moscow and Dutch side Haarlem at the Luzniki Stadium. Officially the toll remains at 66 -- 45 of them teenagers -- but according to daily newspaper Sovietski Sport, the numbers were far higher and 340 were killed.

May 9, 2001 (GHANA)

                • 126 people died in Accra at the end of a match between Hearts of Oaks and Kumasi, when Kumasi supporters, angered by their team's defeat, threw projectiles and broke chairs. Police threw tear-gas grenades, triggering a stampede.

April 15, 1989 (ENGLAND)

                • A crush in the stands at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans during an FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

May 11, 1985

                • 56 people were killed when a blaze broke out in wooden stands during a match between Bradford and Lincoln City.

October 16, 1996 (GUATEMALA)

                • Around 80 spectators lost their lives after being crushed by fans piling into a stand at the Mateo Flores National Stadium for the 1998 World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica.

January 2, 1971 (SCOTLAND)

                • 66 people were killed in a crush at the Ibrox Stadium during a Rangers-Celtic derby. It was the stadium's second disaster, after a stand collapsed in 1902, killing 26 people.

February 1, 2012 (EGYPT)

                • The Port Said stadium tragedy in Egypt saw 74 people killed after clashes between rival sets of supporters of local club Al-Masry and Cairo-based Al-Ahly.

February 17, 1974

                • 48 people died and 47 were injured when 80,000 people crammed into a stadium with a capacity of 40,000.

April 11, 2001 (SOUTH AFRICA)

                • 43 people died during a stampede at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg during a match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs.

January 13, 1991

                • 40 died in a crush at an Orlando Pirates-Kaizer Chiefs match.

29 May, 1985 (BELGIUM)

                • 39 people were killed at Heysel Stadium in Brussels when Juventus fans tried to flee Liverpool fans.

May 5, 1992 (FRANCE)

                • 18 people died and more than 2,300 were injured when a terrace collapsed in Furiani stadium in Corsica.

January 24, 2022 (CAMEROON)

                • Eight people were killed and dozens more injured in a crush and stampede prior to an African Cup of Nations match between hosts Cameroon and the Comoros in Yaounde.