World’s number one sport with billions of followers worldwide. Over 100 countries play this game and today we seek to find the worst stadium disasters in the history of football or we can also say in the history of mankind. We found 5 of the worst disasters so let’s dive in to see which were more tragic and horrifying.
During a FA Cup Semifinal between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, 96 fans and spectators were killed at the Hillsborough Stadium as they were crushed to death inside the stadium stands. This event took place on April 15th, 1989 as many Liverpool fans poured themselves into the stadium Leppings Lane stand and the catastrophe took place. Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield who was the police commander in charge of the game during that time ordered exit gate C to be kept open so that they could reduce the crowd but the already overcrowded stadium space was crowded with more fans.
The National Stadium Disaster:
Another event at the South American Olympic qualifying tournament took place on May 24, 1964, when Peru was hosting Argentina. Both the rivals were against each other for the spot to compete in the Tokyo Olympics the same year. There were 53000 seats at the stadium and the stadium was almost full that day. The Uruguayan referee denied Peru’s equalizer while Argentina was 1-0, two fans full of rage invaded the field which caused an imbalance in the peaceful game and police had to forcefully assault them on the field. This is when things got out of control and it didn’t take time for the other supporters to enter the field and cause chaos.
In the year 1985, the European Cup final still lives fresh in football fans’ memories of Italy and England. Liverpool fans stoned Juventus fans right before the game began. This caused the English team supporters to break the fence and rage against the Italian supporters. Due to this, many Juventus supporters tried to run away from the fights whilst the other supporters tried to reach the top of a concrete wall. Many fans were pushed against the concrete wall which caused it to fall. More than 600 casualties were found out of which 39 were Juventus supporters who died on the spot. Many died due to suffocation, or by being crushed. The game continued after this chaos and this caused a lot of attention later on.
On 11th April 2001, thousands of fans filled the Ellis Park Stadium for a Soweto Derby game that was between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. A total number of 60000 spectators were already inside the stadium however more than 30000 spectators were also trying to get in. Even though the stadium had support for 60000 spectators, a total of 120000 spectators were allowed for that game. This caused the stampede that killed 43 people in total. There were security officers who fired tear gas at the crowd as they were unable to control the situation, this is what made things worse and people were forced to panic and confusion.
The Kathmandu Stadium Disaster:
A match between the national teams of Bangladesh and Nepal was held on March 12 at the National Stadium in Kathmandu. The total number of spectators that day was around 30000. Unfortunately, a hailstorm occurred inside the stadium in between the game and this caused a lot of terror and fear for the spectators. 8 exits were kept open as the hailstorm was still hitting, the crowd of spectators was anxious and trying to save themselves from the other people’s fear and rage.
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