A Recent History of Deadly Fan Violence

Trapped In Luzhniki Stadium

Sport: Soccer
Year1982

In 1982, FCC Spartak Moscow faced off against HFC Haarlem in a open-air stadium that encountered below freezing temperatures. Before the conclusion of the game, many fans attempted to leave early but faced a literal pile-up at one of the exits. It is believed that the disaster started when a young woman lost her shoe and tried putting it back prior to getting trampled by other people forcing their way out. Soon, one person turned into a couple dozen and it was revealed that up to 66 fans died that night of compressive asphyxia as a result of the stampede. It wasn't until seven years later that the final fatality total showed that actually around 340 people were killed.

 

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