4 people killed and 25 injured in crush at Honduran league final




At least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in a crush, with 25 others injured, as thousands of football fans tried to force their way into the Honduran national stadium for the league final, authorities have said.
A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital said that the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled.
The fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries, hospital spokesman Miguel Osorio said.


The stampede happened as police fired tear gas at Gate 11 of Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to watch the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso, officials said.
A police statement said the match appeared to have been oversold. It said the stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000, was already full while crowds of fans were still outside brandishing tickets. 
People became angry when they couldn't enter and began forcing their way in, the statement said.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.
Motagua won the game 3-0, but with both clubs, as well as the league, releasing statements afterwards offering their deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved and injured.
The official Motagua statement denied that the club had oversold the game but that fake tickets had allowed other fans to gain entry to the stadium.
Source: All Football

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