Sometimes, sadly enough, soccer is a matter of life and death. At the moment, a match between the Egyptian teams Al-Masry and Al-Ahly turned into an inferno after riots. It’s not the first time that soccer matches are the cause of the loss of many people. Poor construction, poor safety management and even weather conditions were to blame. Our next top 10 list is all about soccer tragedies.
Top 10 soccer tragedies
- 11 May 1985: Bradford, England – death toll: 56 A cigarette caused a fire that swept away a part of the wooden stadium
- 2 January 1971: Glasgow, Scotland – death toll: 66 A barrier gave way, causing a massive chain-reaction pile-up of spectators
- 20 October 1982: Moscow, USSR – death toll: 66 Returning fans collided with those who were leaving the stadium after a Spartak Moscow goal in extra time
- 23 June 1968: Buenos Aires, Argentina – death toll: 71+ One of the stadium’s exits was closed after the match crushing many people by unaware fans.
- 1 February 2012, Port Said, Egypt – death toll: 74 (?) Fans from Al-Ahly and Al-Masry bashed each other with rocks and chairs.
- 16 October 1996, Guatamala, Guatamala City – death toll: 80+Fake tickets were sold leaving an angry crowd outside the stadium, resulting in riots
- 12 March 1988: Kathmandu, Nepal – death toll: 93During a match between Nepal and Bangladesh supporters tried to flee from a severe hail storm
- 15 April 1989: Sheffield, UK – death toll: 96 Liverpool fans got crushed after police opened the main gate letting in too many people
- 9 May 2001:Accra, Ghana – death toll: 126 Police fired tear gass at the end of the match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. Supporters tried to get out of the stadium
- 24 May 1964: Lima, Peru – death toll: 318 Protest turned into a riot during a match between Peru and Argentina