El Salvador’s Alianza handed a one-year stadium ban after stampede killed 12 people

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A view of the aftermath of the stampede at Cuscatlan Stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, May 20, 2023, in this photo taken from this social network. Cruz Verde Salvadorena/via REUTERS

Alianza FC has been banned from the stadium for a year and fined $30,000, the Salvadoran Football Federation said after at least 12 people died and several were injured in a stampede during Saturday’s match against the Spanish Football Federation. Deportivo FAS club.

Alianza and Club Deportivo were playing the second leg of their play-off quarter-final at Cuscatlan Stadium in San Salvador, the country’s capital, when the game was halted after a stampede broke out in the common area.

The venue is one of the largest stadiums in Central America and has an official capacity of over 44,000 fans.

The federation said Deportivo FAS would advance to the next round after being declared a 2-0 win.

It added that Alianza FC will have to play their matches without spectators for a year and that they have until July 21 to pay the fine.

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele said the National Civil Police and the Attorney General’s Office would conduct a “thorough investigation” into the events at the stadium.

The El Salvador incident follows a deadly stampede last year that killed 135 spectators at a stadium in Indonesia’s East Java in October. Many people were crushed as they fled after fleeing after the incident in El Salvador. Police fired tear gas into the crowd.


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