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Major stadium disasters over the last 40 years

January 26, 2022 14:48 IST
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At least eight people were killed and 38 injured in a stampede at the Yaounde Olembe Stadium in Cameroon on Monday before their Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 game against Comoros, the government said.

 

Here is a look at some of the major disasters in soccer stadiums over the last 40 years:

October 1982, Russia

IMAGE: Dutch delegation and relatives observe a minute's silence in memory of the people who died in a stampede at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, on October 20, 2007. At least 66 fans died in a stampede during the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem on October 20, 1982. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Fans were crushed as they left a UEFA Cup tie between Spartak Moscow and Dutch side HFC Haarlem at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Officials from the former Soviet Union did not disclose the tragedy for years. When they did, they gave an official death toll of 66 although the number who died in a crush at one exit could have been as high as 340.

May 1985, Britain

IMAGE: Fire breaks out in the stands at the Valley Parade stadium in Bradford, on May 11, 1985. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

At least 56 people were killed and more than 200 injured when fire broke out in the stands at the Valley Parade stadium in Bradford during a third division match against Lincoln City.

May 1985, Belgium

Thirty-nine fans died and more than 600 were injured in fan violence before the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

March 1988, Nepal

A stampede towards locked exits in a hailstorm at Nepal's national soccer stadium in Kathmandu killed more than 90 fans.

April 1989, Britain

IMAGE: Floral tributes and Liverpool scarves lay in tribute on the Hillsborough disaster memorial at Sheffield Wednesday FC on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in Sheffield, on April 14, 2009. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in an over-crowded and fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield before an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

One victim died last June, 32 years after suffering severe and irreversible brain damage at Hillsborough.

January 1991, South Africa

Forty-two people died in a stampede during a pre-season game at the Oppenheimer Stadium in the mining town of Orkney between the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates. A Pirates fan had attacked Chiefs supporters in the crowd with a knife.

May 1992, France

A stand at Bastia's Furiani Stadium collapsed before a French Cup semi-final against Olympique de Marseille, killing 18 and injuring more than 2,300.

Last year, the French parliament passed a law banning professional matches taking place in the country on May 5 in memory of the victims.

October 1996, Guatemala

Up to 82 people died and at least 147 were injured when an avalanche of fans tumbled down seats and a flight of stairs at a World Cup qualifying match between Guatemala and Costa Rica in Guatemala City.

April 2001, South Africa

At least 43 people were crushed to death when soccer fans tried to force their way into Johannesburg's huge Ellis Park Stadium midway through a top South African league match.

May 2001, Ghana

Around 126 people were killed in a stampede at Accra's main soccer stadium when police fired tear gas at rioting fans in one of Africa's worst soccer disasters.

March 2009, Ivory Coast

At least 19 people were killed during a stampede at Abidjan's Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium before a World Cup soccer qualifying match against Malawi.

February 2012, Egypt

Fans rioted at the end of a match between rivals Al-Masry and Al-Ahly in the city of Port Said. At least 73 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured, and the Egyptian league was suspended for two years.

January 2022, Cameroon

At least eight people died and 38 were injured in a stampede at the Yaounde Olembe Stadium in Cameroon before the host country's Africa Cup of Nations last-16 game against Comoros.

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