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It feels bitter to recall the moments when people reach all excited to witness their favorite match and something unfortunate happens. Sports history has many shocking moments. They are just terrible to remember and all we can say is ''not again''. The biggest sports catastrophes with many deaths have left a resentful mark in the history.
Hillsborough stadium in England witnessed a big loss of lives on April 15, 1989 where 96 people died and 766 injured in a human crush during FA Cup semi-final match. Liverpool and Nottingham Forest were playing. People tried to enter in the stadium forcefully, crossing the turnstiles created a huge mess. Cops tried to open the emergency gates, but the situation was out of control. Hundreds of people were trapped in collapsed fences and the condition turned terrible. The poor security system and scary stadium design are blamed for the incident.
On 1st May 2001, the fierce stampede at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra led to the deaths of 127 during a match between Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club and Asante Kotoko. Right after the victory of Accra Hearts, the disappointed Kotoko fans started throwing plastic bottles and seats on the pitch. Police troops fired tear gas to disperse the crowd which resulted in a massive stampede. Later, police was blamed for over-reacting.
The attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany is remembered bitterly as Munich massacre in sports history. Palestinian group "Black September" kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli players. During the rescue attempt, five out of eight attackers were killed. In the above photograph, a masked kidnapper is seen.
This incident occurred on 29 May 1985 during the European Cup match between Juventus and Liverpool and 39 people died. Liverpool supporters breached a fence towards the supporters of Juventus. While people were rushing, it affected the poor wall of the stadium and it collapsed. Later, the English clubs were banned from European competition for five years and for Liverpool, it was a six year ban. The riot left 14 fans convicted of manslaughter.
At least 93 football fans were killed and more than 100 injured on 12 March 1988 at Dasarath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hailstorm happened when the football match between Janakpur Cigarette Factory and Liberation Army of Bangladesh was going on. The large hail began to strike and the crowd started fleeing. The stadium doors were locked and people could not escape from the stadium. The police troops were unable to open the exit doors due to the uncontrolled crowd which caused a fatal crash.
A massive riot occurred on February 1, 2012 at Port Said Stadium in Egypt during Egyptian Premier League football killing 72 people and 500 were injured. When EI Masry won the match against EI Ahly by 3-1, the large number of Masry fans rushed to the ground to celebrate the victory. After the minutes, thousands of audience ran to the ground where the fans of EI Masry started attacking the rival players and fans with stones, knives and bottles. The riot went out of control and caused the big human loss. Police arrested 47 attackers.
The Bradford City Stadium in England was caught fire on May 11, 1985 during a league match, killing at least 56 people and injuring more than 265. A small fire was noticed in the beginning and in the windy conditions, it spread all over within a few minutes. The stadium has a wooden roof which caused the fire to spread rapidly. Some people were trapped on their seats while many other broke the emergency exist to escape. More than 50 people were honored for their bravery.
42 people died during the riot and stampede at Oppenheimer stadium (South Africa) on January 13, 1991 during the friendly match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The capacity of the stadium is 23,000 and more than 30,000 fans were gathered. The disaster began when the Pirates fans objected the goal scored by the Chefs. Pirates supporters started throwing cans and then attacked with the knives to the Chefs supporter. When the crowd tried to run out of the stadium, a stampede occurred.
28 fans died in the clashes between audience and police forces at Cairo stadium (Egypt) on 8 February 2015. In the confrontation, police used the tear gas to control the crowd during a league match. Most of the deaths were largely caused by the suffocation of tear gas.
18 people died when one of the terraces of Armand Cesari stadium (France) collapsed. It was during the semi-final match of the French Cup on May 5, 1991. SC Bastia and Olympique de Marseille were playing for the final and the number of seats in the stadium was increased by 50%. The stadium couldn't hold so much crowd and lead to catastrophe.