Friday, February 10, 2012

Soccer stadium disasters

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May 1985 - Belgium: Thirty-nine fans, mostly Italians, died in rioting before the European Cup Final between Italy's Juventus and English club Liverpool at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.



April 1989 - Britain: Ninety-six people were killed and at least 200 injured in Britain's worst sports disaster after a crowd surge crushed packed fans against barriers at the English F.A. Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.





May 1992 - France: Before the kickoff of a French Cup game between Bastia and Olympique Marseille in Corsica, a stand of the Furiani stadium collapsed, killing 18 people and injuring about 2,400





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 teargas 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.

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