Stampede at Makhulong Stadium

Some 14 soccer fans and two policemen were injured when a stampede broke out at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa ahead of a 2010 Fifa World Cup warm-up match between Nigeria and North Korea on Sunday, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) said. "One police official was seriously wounded when he was trampled by the crowd [and another] was slightly injured but remained on duty," Brigadier Sally de Beer said. The seriously wounded policeman was taken to hospital in a stable condition along with 14 spectators who sustained minor injuries. De Beer said the stadium, which is not an official World Cup stadium, indicated that 10 000 tickets were distributed outside its premises but a number of fans wanted to enter the facility without tickets. "It would seem that there was also some confusion among the crowd as to the ticketing system which led to disruptive behaviour on the part of the crowd." "Police members immediately started implementing crowd management measures but the crowd became unruly and pushed against the gates, forcing the gates open on two occasions," she said. Earlier the SABC reported that some fans were seen falling under the feet of others outside the 10 000-seater stadium. The first rush came when the gates were opened to allow fans into the stadium and police quickly closed the gates. But when the gates were reopened, a second stampede occurred, with more people falling.

Report ID: 375
Crime Category: Domestic Violence
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Tembisa
Address: Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa
Crime Date/Time: 6 Jun 2010, 00:06 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 7 Jun 2010, 10:06 AM
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