Two killed in crush at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium

FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. File

Gauteng traffic authorities earlier said the expect around 100 000 people to gather in the Nasrec precinct for the match.

While Sun was unable to confirm the number of those injured, or the extent of their injuries, he says they are being treated at the scene.

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

Eyewitness News quoted Michael Sun, a public safety official, as saying paramedics went to the stadium, which has a capacity of more than 90,000, and that the situation is now under control.

Some local media reports suggested fake tickets had gone on sale.

Two people die in Soweto derby stampede at FNB Stadium.




The stampede occurred at the stadium's Gate J, police said, during the Carling Black Label Cup final between South Africa's two biggest sides.

Reuters said live television coverage of the match, which Kaizer Chiefs won 1-0, showed no obvious disturbance. "What happened to at FNB Stadium is very unfortunate", he added.

The cause of the stampede is under investigation by the South African police, said the statement.

It was the country's worst sporting tragedy and came as spectators broke through fences in an effort to get into the stadium.

Two people have been killed in a stampede at a soccer match in South Africa.

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