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Honduras Stampede: Four Die at Crowded Soccer Match

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Relatives and friends of Carlos Torres, one of the four victims of a human stampede which took place during the Honduras' Clausura Tournament final football match between Motagua and Honduras Progreso, at the National Stadium, carry floral offerings during his funeral in Tegucigalpa, on May 29, 2017. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:00 PM

In Honduras, a stampede left at least four dead and 15 wounded at an overcrowded stadium hosting a championship soccer match on Sunday, police said.

Hundreds of fans hoping to see the sold-out match tried to force their way into a gate at the 35,000-seat National Stadium in the capital Tegucigalpa, said hospital spokesman Miguel Osorio.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon at the crowd, he said.

The fatalities were people who were trampled to death in the crush fleeing the police response, Osorio said.

Two died at the stadium as the game was getting under way, and two later at the hospital, he added.

It happened before the Honduran league championship game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

The stadium was packed beyond its seating capacity because too many tickets were sold for the season-ending game, police spokesman Luis Barahona said.

© AFP 2017

 
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