Fans injured after barrier collapses at Ligue 1 match

Oct 02, 2017, 00:58
Fans injured after barrier collapses at Ligue 1 match

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.

Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.

Officials stopped play while paramedics attended those hurt, with Amiens later tweeting that the match had been abandoned.

Somme prefect Philippe De Mester said the stadium was being refurbished but insisted the painting and roofing work has nothing to do with the collapse.

"But I expressed myself poorly and I want to apologise with sincerity to the supporters of Lille".

"But LOSC have the right to question the conditions and security proposed for our supporters by the club and stadium in Amiens". "And so that this never happens again".

There was a frightening moment during the Amiens vs. Lille French soccer match on Saturday.

Lille chief executive Marc Ingla responded on Twitter saying: "The statement from Amiens' president is irresponsible and inflammatory in the context of this situation".

The game has now been halted as injured fans are treated. "We hope that the French league identifies those responsible". Lille said club president Gerard Lopez would visit the hospital on Sunday.

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