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PICS: Five crushed to death at Honduras football stadium

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Tegucigalpa - At least five people were crushed to death late Sunday in Honduras as attempts to enter an overcrowded football stadium escalated, leading to a panic in the crowd.

A further 25 were reported injured by the government after the incident, which played out at the national stadium in Tegucigalpa during the country's football championship.

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An injured man is assisted as a body lies covered at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: Fernando Antonio/APBodies lie covered at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: Fernando Antonio/APMen react next to two dead bodies after an stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: ReutersMembers of the national police stand next to a dead body after an stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa. Photo: ReutersAn injured man is assisted after a deadly stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: Fernando Antonio/APA man reacts after an stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa. Photo: Reuters

The incident started when throngs pushed to get into the stadium when the gates were opened. Newspaper La Prensa reported "chaos" and fighting between police and fans, partially because too many tickets had been sold for the event.

The game between host Motagua and Honduras Progreso proceeded nonetheless, with Motagua winning 3:0. Motagua manager Eduardo Atala tweeted that authorities had recommended the game not be cancelled, as the stadium was full.

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