Thursday, June 8, 2023

Dozen killed in El Salvador stadium stampede; over 100 hospitalised

The match was suspended in the 16th minute after fans started waving frantically while rescuing the injured.

• May 21, 2023
El Salvador stadium stampede
El Salvador stadium stampede [Credit; South China Morning Post]

A dozen people have lost their lives and many injured following a stampede that happened during a Salvadoran league quarterfinals match between Alianza and Fas at Monumental stadium in Cuscatlan, El Salvador on Sunday, Peoples Gazette can confirm.

According to officials in the Central American country, the stampede occurred after dozens of fans tried to force their way through one of the entrance gates resulting in congestion at the gate. The match was suspended in the 16th minute after fans started waving frantically while rescuing the injured.

“The game was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. but they closed the gate at 7 p.m. and left us outside [the stadium] with our tickets in our hands,” said Alianza fan José Ángel Penado. “People got angry. We asked them to let us in, but no. So they knocked the gate down,” officials in El Salvador said.

Latest reports from the president indicated 12 people have lost their lives and Civil Protection director Luis Amaya said an estimated 500 people have been treated at the scene while close to 100 injured people were taken to the hospital – two of whom are in critical condition.

“El Salvador is in mourning,” said a statement from the press office of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele.

“I simply would like to express, of course, my condolences to all the people of El Salvador for this tragic incident,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Sunday in a speech to a World Health Organisation meeting in Geneva.

The Salvadoran Soccer Federation said it is saddened by the unfortunate event while Mauricio Arriza Chicas, National Civil Police Commissioner said his office in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office will launch a criminal investigation into the incident.

“We are going to investigate from the ticket sales, the entries into the stadium, but especially the southern zone,” where, he said, the gate was pushed open.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”


Nigerian immigrant Yemi Mobolade becomes first Black Colorado mayor

On Tuesday, Mr Mobolade was sworn in at Pioneers Museum to become the mayor of the second-largest city in the western US state of Colorado.

Nasarawa Assembly


Police seal off Nasarawa House of Assembly complex

There was a heavy detachment of security forces at the complex on Wednesday.

U.S. former Vice-President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump


Mike Pence says Trump doesn’t deserve to be U.S. president again

Anyone who asked someone else to put them over the constitution should never be president of the United States again.”

Ibrahim Abdullahi and Nasarawa State House of Assembly


Crisis rocks Nasarawa Assembly, reelected speaker insists due process followed

The speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi, says his reelection followed due process and constitutional provisions.

Lagos speaker, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, President Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu, Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo, and Bayo Onanuga


Lagos belongs to Yorubas; lawmakers will pass new property, business ownership laws favouring only indigenes: Speaker Obasa

“There would be laws…in the areas of economy and commerce, property and titles, and we will reverse all that are reversible to protect the interest of the indigenes.”