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FNB stampede: Stadium Management SA to probe origin of fake tickets

Stadium management says police confiscated about 3,000 counterfeit tickets that fans had in their possession at the match.

The scene outside the FNB Stadium where two people were been killed and several others injured in a stampede as Orlando Pirates took on Kaizer Chiefs on 29 July 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Stadium Management South Africa is pushing for an investigation to determine the origin of what appears to be fake tickets that lead to a deadly stampede at the FNB Stadium.

Two people died and another person was critically injured when a group of fans rushed to a gate during the Carling Black Label Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Stadium Management South Africa has announced that a preliminary investigation has revealed that the incident was caused by a group of fans with fraudulent tickets trying to gain access to the stadium.

Stadium management says police confiscated about 3,000 counterfeit tickets that fans had in their possession at the match.

CEO Jacques Grobbelaar says the tickets were clearly printed as if from Computicket.

“The stock is serial numbered, it should be locked away, it should be signed out against proper registers. Our inference at this stage is that the ticket stock had been stolen.”

He says it also seems there may have been corruption internally in the validation of the tickets.

Grobbelaar says his organisation will be conducting further investigations alongside the police.

Computicket is still to comment.

WATCH: Two dead in Soweto derby stampede

Johannesburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun told Eyewitness News that the stampede could have been caused by the selling or usage of fake tickets at the venue.

The deaths were caused by blunt force trauma however the cause of the incident is yet to be established.

The stampeded occurred where more than 87,000 people made it to the stadium, and despite the incident, the match continued.

Match sponsor Carling Black Label, as well as the two clubs, sent their condolences to the families of the dead and the injured.

The stampede will remind many fans of the Ellis Park disaster, where 43 fans died in a match between Pirates and Chiefs in April 2001.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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