12 dead and several others injured in stampede at El Salvador

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12 dead and several others injured in stampede at El Salvador

At least 12 people have died and an unspecified number were injured in a stampede at a soccer stadium in El Salvador on Saturday.

The Central American country’s government said that Alianza FC and Club Deportivo FAS were playing the second leg of their playoff quarter-final game at the Cuscatlan stadium in San Salvador, the country’s capital, when play was suspended after a stampede broke out in the general section.

The venue is one of the largest stadiums in Central America and has an official capacity of more than 44,000 fans.

“The Salvadoran Football Federation deeply regrets the events that occurred at the Cuscatlan Stadium,” the organization wrote on Twitter.

“It also expresses solidarity with the relatives of those affected and deceased in this incident.”