Fans killed in stampede at Carling derby day

2017-07-30 05:54
Amakhosi fans during the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday. Chiefs’ 1-0 victory was marred by tragedy. Picture: Backpagepix

Amakhosi fans during the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday. Chiefs’ 1-0 victory was marred by tragedy. Picture: Backpagepix

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Two fans have died and 15 others were injured, some critically, during a stampede outside FNB Stadium in Soweto yesterday evening, where Kaizer Chiefs played Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup.

Police reportedly confirmed the deaths and injuries, saying the stampede took place during the match outside the stadium’s Gate J.

SABC news reported police saying that the stampede started after thousands of people became unruly before the match started.

EWN reported Johannesburg public safety MMC Michael Sun as saying: “We understand the alleged cause of the stampede to be people trying to sell or present fake tickets at the gate, one thing led to another, resulting in the stampede.”

Sun said calm had been restored, and additional paramedics deployed to the stadium.

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