According to Soweto football officials, no less than two people have been reported dead and 17 injured in a crucial stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium on Saturday.
The sad occurrence as indicated by BBC Sports occurred amid the Soweto derby between football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Nigeria’s Christian Obiozor’s Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg.
Orlando Pirates said the crash happened when people attempt to push their way through the doors into the 87,000-limit FNB stadium.
Johannesburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun says peace has been reestablished, and extra paramedics have been sent to the scene.
“We understand the alleged cause of the stampede to be people trying to sell or present fake tickets at the gate, one thing to another, resulting in the stampede.”
“The city has been notified of two fatalities,” said Luyanda Mfeka, the spokesman for the office of the mayor of Johannesburg.
He said the reason for the stampede, which occurred at one of the entryways of the stadium that facilitated the 2010 World Cup last, was being investigated. Live TV coverage of the match, which the Chiefs won 1-0, had demonstrated no undeniable unsettling influence.