Deadly Stampede After Football Match In Indonesia Kills 174; Take A Look At 10 Major Stadium Disasters

Here is a look at some of the major disasters in soccer stadiums over the last 40 years.scroll to keep reading

Deadly Stampede After Football Match In Indonesia Kills 174; Take A Look At 10 Major Stadium Disasters
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In a deadly stampede after a football match in Indonesia, at least 129 were killed while over 180 were severely injured on Saturday, October 1st. The stampede occurred at the stadium following crowd trouble after a match in East Java involving Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya. 

As per police officials, Arema FC supporters invaded the pitch at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang following a 3-2 defeat and then the officials fired tear gas, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation which took several lives in what is being considered as worst stadium disasters ever.

Here is a look at some of the major disasters that took place at soccer stadiums over the last 40 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 1989, Britain

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.

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.

October 1982, Russia

Fans were crushed as they left a UEFA Cup tie between Spartak Moscow and Dutch side HFC Haarlem at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Later officials gave an official death toll of 66 although the number who died in a crash at one exit could have been as high as 340.

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