Stampede at a football stadium in El Salvador killed nine people and left several injured after several soccer fans pushed through one of the gates of Monumental Stadium in Cuscatlán, around 25 miles northeast of the capital San Salvador at a quarterfinal match in the Salvadoran league match on Saturday. The stadium was hosting a premier division league match between Alianza FC and Club Deportivo when the tragedy took place.
As per a preliminary report by the National Civil Police, nine people were dead in the quarterfinal game at the Monumental Stadium. It further added that two severely critical were transported to the hospital. The spokesperson for the first aid group, Rescue Commandos, confirmed the number of deaths at the fatal event.
He said, “We can confirm nine dead — seven men and two women — and we attended to more than 500 people, and more than 100 were transported to hospitals, some of them were serious.” The president of El Salvador soccer’s first division, Pedro Hernández, said that the preliminary cause of the tragic incident he knew was fans storming into the stadium through an access gate.
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Not only this, the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, said that there would be a ‘thorough investigation’ by the National Civil Police in conjunction with the Attorney General's Office. He said, “We are going to investigate from the ticket sales, the entries into the stadium, but especially the southern zone.” He further added, "Everyone will be investigated: teams, managers, stadium, box office, league, federation, etc. Whoever the culprits are, they will not go unpunished.” Notably, the southern zone was where the gate was pushed.