Two killed in stampede at football match in South Africa

Rosalie Stanley
July 30, 2017

The Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) has expressed its condolences to the families of two people who died in a stampede at the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

It is believed the stampede took place outside the stadium, with the fixture not being affected.

According to News24, the stampede happened at Gate-J.

We will have to wait for a fuller investigation before drawing a conclusion.

Michael Sun, the councillor for public safety in Johannesburg, confirmed the deaths on Twitter and said gates were opened to ensure crowd control.

The two sides are contesting the annual Carling Black Label Cup that heralds the start of the South African soccer season.

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South African Football Association (SAFA) said it was "deeply saddened by the tragedy". Could better security have prevented the stampede? "What happened to at FNB Stadium is very unfortunate", Jordaan added.

Mashaba said the cause of the crush was being investigated.

"I would also like to wish the injured speedy recovery".

Thousands of supporters gathered at the stadium for the Soweto Derby when the incident occurred.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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