Up to 22 people have been killed, and many more are seriously injured, after a stampede at a football World Cup qualifying match in west Africa’s Ivory Coast. Tens of thousands of people had packed into the Houphouet-Boigny stadium in the main city Abidjan, to see international footballers like Didier Drogba play.
According to the Sports Minister, ticketless fans panicked shortly before the game began and stormed one of the entrances to the field. He said they smashed one of the gates of the stadium, trampling and crushing many in their wake. Medical sources said police might have aggravated the situation by firing tear-gas into the crowd. Many of the injured were treated at the stadium as the match went ahead. Ivory Coast beat Malawi 5-nil. Hundreds of people have been killed in stadium accidents in Africa over the past decade.