Two killed in stampede at South African soccer match

Beth Cruz
July 30, 2017

Kaizer Chiefs were playing Orlando Pirates at the stadium in the Carling Black Label Cup.

Police have launched an investigation into the fatal incident. Tickets for this match were sold out two weeks in advance and match organisers believe everything was in place for a safe event on Saturday, July 28.

One of the 17 injured is in a critical condition BBC News reports.

Unconfirmed reports has said the stampede was as a result of fans trying to force their way into the stadium.

FNB Stadium is Africa's largest sporting arena, having hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup championship match when the Netherlands defeated Spain, 1-0.

The crush happened as spectators attempted to push their way through the gates into the stadium.

Hlomla Hlangani, an intern video journalist with public broadcaster SABC who was at the stadium, said the trouble occurred shortly after the match had started.

The two worst football tragedies in South Africa involved matches between the same clubs - in 2001 when 43 people were killed, and in 1991, when the death toll was 42. It has also played an important role in South African politics. "What happened to at FNB Stadium is very unfortunate", Jordaan added.

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