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18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

02 October 2017, 12:57 | Kara Nash

Horrific footage from the scene shows hundreds of fans piling ontop of one another as the barrier gave way

Horrific footage from the scene shows hundreds of fans piling ontop of one another as the barrier gave way

Local media reports that Lille fans were celebrating an opening goal in the 15th minute when the fence broke under their pressure.

The stadium was fully evacuated following the incident.

An investigation was underway on Sunday into the collapse of a barrier at a football match in Amiens, northern France, which left 29 fans injured, five of them seriously.

French officials claim four people are in a serious condition after the barrier collapsed in front of the Lille fans.

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Injured fans have been rushed away from the 12,000-capacity Stade de la Licorne stadium in Amiens by ambulance after people plummeted several feet from the stand down onto the pitch level.

Meanwhile, Amiens president Bernard Joanni said he called Lille CEO Marc Ingla to apologize after he appeared to blame the visiting supporters for the incident. Our supporters are impeccable and professional football needs to be better organised.

Somme prefect Philippe De Mester said "their life is not in danger" as he confirmed the injury toll had risen to 25.

"The club of Amiens and all their directors express their solidarity with the injured supporters of Lille and their families, guaranteeing that their health matters to us more than anything", Amiens' statement said.



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