Football team handed one-year stadium ban after stampede left 12 dead & 100 seriously injured in horror scenes
A FOOTBALL team has been handed a one-year stadium ban after 12 fans were killed in a horror stampede.
More than 100 people were seriously injured during the incident at Alianza FC’s Cuscatlan stadium in El Salvador on Sunday.
AFPA stampede at the Cuscatlan stadium resulted in 12 people being killed[/caption]
APAn investigation has been launched after more than 100 people were injured[/caption]
APTributes have been paid to those who lost their lives[/caption]
The club will be forced to play home games behind closed doors for a year, while they have until July 21 to pay a £24,000 fine imposed by the Salvadoran Football Federation.
And Deportivo FAS will advance to the semi-final of the Salvadorian Primera Division play-off after being declared 2-0 winners.
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele said a “thorough investigation” will take place looking into the stampede.
He wrote on Twitter: “Everyone will be investigated: teams, managers, stadium, box office, league, federation, etc.
“Whoever the culprits are, they will not go unpunished.”
Authorities initially stated the tragedy occurred after a crush of fans tried to enter the stadium, which is the biggest in Central America with a capacity of 44,000.
Play was suspended about 16 minutes into the match after fans in the stands began waving frantically.
They managed to get the attention of those on the field and carried the injured out of a tunnel and down to the pitch.
Emergency personnel evacuated people from the stadium with a capacity of 44,000 fans, while hundreds of police officers and soldiers gathered as ambulance sirens wailed.
The incident in El Salvador comes after a deadly stampede last year killed 135 spectators at a stadium in Indonesia’s East Java in October.
Many were crushed as they fled for exits after police fired tear gas into the crowd.