At least 12 soccer fans killed in a stampede at a stadium in Salvador


Salvadoran soccer is in mourning. At least 12 people were killed in a stampede at he Cuscatlan stadium in ElSalvador on Saturday night. Dozens more were injured. “Preliminarily, we have a negative result of 12 victims, nine who are here in the stadium and three more that we have been informed are in different hospital centers,” National Civil Police (PNC) Director Mauricio Arriaza told reporters on Sunday.The soccer fans pushed through one of the access gates at a quarterfinal match in the Salvadoran league. They were trapped in a human avalanche that caused absolute chaos.


Play was suspended after incident. El Salvador’s Interior Minister Juan Carlos Bidegain said the civil protection service’s first responders were on the scene and attending to people affected by the incident. National Civil Police Commissioner Mauricio Arriza Chicas, at the scene of the tragedy, said there would be a criminal investigation in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office. FIFA’s chief Gianni Infantino offered his condolences Sunday in a statement. The tragedy occurreed seven months after 135 people, including more than 40 children, died in a stampede following a football match in Malang, Indonesia.