PICS: Five crushed to death at Honduras football stadium

Published May 29, 2017


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.

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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