Sunday, June 6, 2010

Warning Sign For South Africa's World Cup?

On the eve of a World Cup that has raised widespread concern about safety and logistics, thirteen people have been injured and one policeman seriously hurt after a crush outside a South African ground hosting a World Cup warm-up game.

Under extremely lax crowd control, several fans fell under a rush of people outside the Makhulong Stadium in the Johannesburg suburb of Tembisa.  Entry to the friendly game between Nigeria and North Korea was free and many more than the 10,000 capacity turned up for the match.

The policeman, who has been taken to hospital, was reported to have been crushed against one of the gates.  The crowd was mainly made up of local South African and travelling Nigerian fans.  Officials said that hundreds of them were also holding photocopies of tickets and tried to break down the gates after the match had started and police had closed them.

In a separate incident the game was then stopped for five minutes in the second half when a railing collapsed inside the stadium.

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