Soweto Derby: Two dead in FNB stadium stampede

Stadium Crush at South African Football Match Kills at Least 2, Injures More

Two people were killed and several others injured as a result of a fan crush at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The crush happened as spectators attempted to push their way through the gates into the stadium.

Kaizer Chiefs were playing Orlando Pirates at the stadium in the Carling Black Label Cup.

He said the cause of the stampede was being investigated.

The stadium, also known as Soccer City, is the biggest in South Africa and holds around 87,000 people.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba extended his condolences to the families of the two people who died.

Despite the stampede, the match continued until the end with Kaizer Chiefs winning 1-0.

Police and emergency services officials have not yet confirmed the report.

Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety, Councillor Michael Sun, confirmed the news on Twitter, saying all the gates were opened to ensure crowd control.

He said, "the loss of life at such a highly-anticipated event is indeed a tragedy and the city will work with all the relevant authorities to prevent tragedies as this in future".

Reporters at the stadium said there was no obvious crowd disturbances and the match was allowed to continue.

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