The great tragedies of the football stadium

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Paris (AFP)- The crash that killed eight people and injured dozens ahead of Monday’s Africa Cup of Nations last 16 game between Cameroon and Comoros in Yaoundé is the latest in a long line of tragedies in football stadiums.

AFP Sport highlights some of the worst:

Peru

May 23, 1964

– 320 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in a stampede during a Peru-Argentina Olympic qualifying match at the National Stadium in Lima. Fans couldn’t escape the crush and were either trampled on or suffocated.

RUSSIA

October 20, 1982

– Mystery still surrounds the total number of people who died at the end of a UEFA Cup match between Spartak Moscow and Dutch side Haarlem at the Luzniki Stadium following a crash in a stairwell. Officially, it remains at 66 – including 45 teenagers – but according to the daily Sovietski sport, the figures are much higher at 340.

GHANA

May 10, 2001

– 126 people died in Accra at the end of a match between Hearts of Oaks and Kumasi, when Kumasi fans, angered by their team’s defeat, threw objects and smashed chairs. The police threw tear gas canisters, triggering a stampede.

ENGLAND

April 15, 1989

– A crush in the stands of Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium has killed 97 Liverpool fans in an FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

– May 11, 1985 – 56 people were killed when a fire broke out in wooden stands during a game between Bradford and Lincoln City.

GUATEMALA

October 16, 1996

– About 80 spectators lost their lives after being crushed by fans who piled into a stand at the Mateo Flores National Stadium for the 1998 World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica.

SCOTLAND

January 2, 1971

– 66 people were killed in a crush at Ibrox Stadium during a Rangers-Celtic derby. It was the stadium’s second disaster, after a stand collapsed in 1902, killing 26 people.

EGYPT

February 1, 2012

– The Port Said stadium tragedy in Egypt, where 74 people died after clashes between rival groups of supporters of local club Al-Masry and Cairo-based Al-Ahly.

– February 17, 1974 – 48 people die and 47 are injured when 80,000 crowd into a 40,000 capacity stadium.

SOUTH AFRICA

April 11, 2001

– 43 people died in a stampede at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg during a match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs.

– January 13, 1991 – 40 dead in a scrum in an Orlando Pirates-Kaizer Chiefs match.

BELGIUM

May 29, 1985

– 39 killed at Heysel Stadium in Brussels when Juventus fans tried to run away from Liverpool fans.

Belgian police clash with British fans at the Heysel stadium in Brussels DOMINIQUE FAGETAFP

FRANCE

May 5, 1992

– 18 people were killed and more than 2,300 injured when a terrace at the Furiani stadium in Corsica collapsed.

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