Stadium disaster claims lives at football World Cup qualifier match in Ivory Coast
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A stadium disaster has claimed well over a dozen lives in the Ivory Coast. A crush, which may have occurred after a wall collapse, took place today at the in and according to interior minister killed 22 people and wounded 132 others.
Different sources put the dead at 19. "We have 19 dead and many seriously injured," a member of the military told. The Sports Minister gave this version of events: "Spectators who did not buy tickets were jostling before the match. They smashed one of the main gates of the stadium. They were trampled." Tagro also said that fans trying to get in were crushed.
According to Associated Press also said that police used tear gas in an effort to control the crowd., a wall collapse caused the fatalities while the injured were hurt when pushing spectators caused a panic which became a stampede. 50,000 people had turned up to watch a qualifying match for the football between and . The
The match was sold out due to low-price tickets. The game went ahead despite the pre-match incident and the Ivory Coast side won 5-0.
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