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John Treleven
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Jul 29, 2017, 6:06 PM

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Saturday 29th July 2017

At least two people have been killed and 17 (one critically) injured in a crush at South Africa's biggest stadium.

It took place during the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg.

Orlando Pirates said the crush happened when people attempted to push their way through the gates in to the 87,000 capacity F.N.B. stadium.

Authorities allowed the pre-season cup game to continue.

Public safety officials opened all gates to ensure crowd control and bring the situation under control.

Live television coverage of the match, which Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0, showed no obvious disturbance.

The stadium served as the venue for Nelson Mandela's first speech after his release from prison in 1990, and is where the memorial for him was held in 2013.

It was rebuilt for the 2010 football World Cup, where it was known as Soccer City and hosted the final between Spain and the Netherlands.

This is the third match between the teams at three different stadiums that have resulted in crush fatalities.

In 1991 42 died at the Oppenheimer Stadium, Orkney City.

In April 2001 43 died at the Ellis Park stadium, Johannesburg.

(This post was edited by John Treleven on Jul 29, 2017, 6:10 PM)


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