9 dead in stampede at soccer stadium in El Salvador

At least nine people were killed and dozens more injured when stampeding soccer fans pushed through one of the access gates at a Salvadoran league quarterfinal match on Saturday. The National Civil Police said in a preliminary report via Twitter that nine deaths were confirmed in the match between the Alianza and FAS clubs at the Monumental Stadium in Cuscatlán, which is about 40 kilometers northeast of the capital.

At least 9 dead in stampede at soccer stadium in El Salvador

At least two of the injured being transported to hospitals were in critical condition, police said. Carlos Fuentes, a spokesman for the Rescue Commandos first aid group, also confirmed the deaths. “We can confirm nine deaths, seven men and two women, and we treated more than 500 people, and more than 100 were transferred to hospitals, some of them were

Play was suspended approximately 16 minutes into the match when frantically waving fans in the stands began to call the attention of those on the field and carry the injured out of a tunnel and onto the field. Local television broadcast live images of the aftermath of the stampede by Alianza fans. Dozens arrived at the camp where they received medical treatment.


Fans who escaped the crush stood on the field waving their jerseys furiously trying to check on people lying on the grass who were barely moving.

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Pedro Hernández, president of El Salvador’s first division soccer team, said the preliminary information he had was that the stampede occurred because fans managed to push a gate into the stadium. “It was an avalanche of fans that invaded the gate. Some were still under the metal in the tunnel. Others made it to the stands and then onto the field and were suffocated,” an unidentified volunteer from the Rescue Commandos first aid group told reporters.

The commissioner of the National Civil Police, Mauricio Arriza Chicas, at the scene of the tragedy, said that a criminal investigation will be carried out in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office. We are going to investigate from the sale of tickets, the tickets to the stadium, but above all the southern zone ”, where, he said, the door was opened.


The Salvadoran Football Federation said in a statement that it regretted what happened and expressed its support for the families of the victims.Read More……..

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