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SOCCER DISASTERS

Reuters

Saturday’s soccer tragedy at Sheffield, England, is one of the worst of a series of disasters that have plagued the sport both in Britain and abroad:

MAY 24, 1964: Worst death toll occurred in Lima, Peru, when more than 300 fans died in riot during Olympic Games qualifying match between Peru and Argentina.

MARCH 12, 1988: 70 soccer fans trampled to death in stampede at Nepal’s national stadium in Katmandu as spectators rushed for cover during violent hailstorm, only to find stadium exits locked.

JAN. 2, 1971: In Scotland, 66 people died at Glasgow Rangers’ home field in crush involving fans trying to leave stadium and others trying to return when they heard that late goal had been scored.

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MAY 11, 1985: 56 people burned to death and more than 200 injured when fire broke out in stands at Bradford Stadium in England.

MAY 26, 1985: 10 people trampled to death and 29 injured in panic at Olympic Stadium in Mexico City.

MAY 29, 1985: 39 fans, most of them Italian, crushed or trampled to death and more than 400 people injured in rioting involving Liverpool and Juventus supporters at European Cup Final at Brussels’ Heysel Stadium.


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