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At least six followers killed in stampede at Cameroon AFCON match

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Supporters have been caught in a crush as they tried to get into the Yaounde Olembe stadium to observe their crew beat Comoros.

A crush exterior a Cameroon stadium the place the host nation certified for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals on Monday left a minimum of six individuals lifeless and greater than 40 injured, in keeping with the Central African nation’s nationwide broadcaster.

Crowds tried to enter the Yaounde Olembe stadium within the capital Yaounde to observe Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1 in Africa’s prime soccer event.

While the stadium’s capability of 60,000 has been restricted to 60 p.c due to the coronavirus, the cap is 80 p.c for matches involving the nationwide crew.

“A crush at the entrance to the Olembe Stadium” brought on “half a dozen deaths and dozens have been injured”, reported Cameroon’s state broadcaster CRTV.

Images shared on social media, which the Reuters information company couldn’t instantly authenticate, confirmed screaming followers being crushed at an entrance gate.

The Confederation of African Football, which runs the continent’s flagship competitors, stated it was “investigating the situation and trying to get more details on what transpired”.

Following a low turnout within the first spherical video games at model new stadiums constructed for the continent’s premier males’s soccer event, Cameroon authorities have thrown open stadium gates, organised mass transport, and given out free tickets to lure followers.

Over the years, overcrowding at soccer matches has resulted in tons of of deaths all over the world.

In 2015, 1000’s of followers in Cairo tried to enter a stadium within the Egyptian capital to observe a sport, triggering panic as police fired tear fuel and birdshot. The chaos led to the deaths of 40 individuals and dozens have been injured.

In 2001, 43 individuals died in a stampede at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium throughout a sport between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs.

In Liverpool in 1989, 96 individuals have been killed in a crush on the Hillsborough stadium in Britain’s worst sporting tragedy.


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