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8 PEOPLE Killed, 50 injured in a crush outside a Cameroonian football stadium ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations match. #AFCON2021 

According to officials, a crush outside a stadium in Cameroon’s capital hosting an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) event killed at least eight people and injured more than 35 others. Crowds attempted to enter the 60,000-seat Yaounde Olembe stadium on Monday to watch the host nation beat Comoros 2-1 in Africa’s best football competition to advance to the quarter-finals.

While attendance at the tournament is limited to 60 percent stadium capacity because of coronavirus restrictions, the cap is 80 percent for matches involving the national team.

“Eight deaths were recorded, two women in their 30s, four men in their 30s, one child, one body taken away by the family,” said a preliminary health ministry report obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

According to a statement from Communications Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi, 38 persons were hurt in the crush, with seven of them critically injured.

The Confederation of African Football, which oversees the continent’s premier tournament, said it was “investigating the incident and attempting to obtain further details on what transpired.”

Cameroon authorities have flung open stadium gates, organized mass transportation, and given out free tickets to entice supporters after dismal turnout in the first round games at brand new stadiums erected for the AFCON.

Over the years, overcrowding at football matches has resulted in hundreds of deaths around the world. In 2015, thousands of fans in Cairo attempted to enter a stadium in the Egyptian capital to watch a game, triggering panic as police fired tear gas and birdshot. The chaos led to the deaths of 40 people and dozens were injured.

In 2001, 43 people died in a stampede at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium during a game between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs. In Liverpool in 1989, 96 people were killed in a crush at the Hillsborough stadium in Britain’s worst sporting tragedy.

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