Two people have been killed and several injured in a stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium during a soccer match between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, Johannesburg city officials said on Saturday (July 29).
The stampede took place at one of the gates of the stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final. Its cause is being investigated.
Live television coverage of the match, which the Chiefs won 1-0, had shown no obvious disturbance.
In April 2001, a similar stampede saw 63 people crushed to death at Ellis Park, venue for the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, when Chiefs and Pirates met in a league match.
Chiefs and Pirates are South Africa’s best supported clubs and have a rivalry stretching back almost 50 years. Saturday’s match was a traditional pre-season friendly between the two clubs.