Saturday 16 December 2017

Latest in a long list of tragedies

LAST night's violence in Egypt is the latest in a rash of stadium disasters to hit Africa since the turn of the century. Here, we recall the others.

Zimbabwe, July 9, 2000

Tear gas was fired by police and 13 supporters died amid unrest at the Harare National Stadium during a Zimbabwe v South Africa international match.

South Africa, April 11, 2001

Mass overcrowding at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg at a Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates derby match led to 43 people being crushed to death.

Ghana, May 9, 2001

Police fired tear gas into the crowd after unrest at the Accra Sports Stadium, resulting in a stampede. The incident ended with 127 people dead, making it the worst of its kind in Africa.

DR Congo, April 30, 2001

Fourteen people were killed during a stampede at a match between Lupopo and Mazembe.

Zambia, June 3, 2007

Twelve fans were killed in crushes at the end of Zambia's win over DR Congo in Lusaka -- 11 years after a similar incident in the city in which nine died.

Ivory Coast, March 29, 2009

A wall collapsed at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny before the start of an Ivory Coast v Malawi World Cup qualifier, leaving a reported 22 dead and more than 100 injured -- but the match was allowed to go ahead.

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