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Ivory Coast stadium crush leaves at least 19 dead

March 30, 2009

Tragic news from Abidjan, where officials say at least 19 people were killed in a stampede at an overcrowded stadium during a World Cup qualifier between Ivory Coast and Malawi.

“We have 19 dead and many seriously injured,” a military source at the stadium said. The crush occurred after part of a wall collapsed when ticketless fans stormed one of the entrances to the 45,000-capacity Houphouet-Boigny arena in the West African country’s main city, Abidjan.

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How can something like this happen? Stadiums are frequently checked to prevent these kind of things, right? The article says African stadiums are frequently overcrowded. In my opinion, that means the inspection of the stadiums should even be more thorough.

 

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