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Authorities confirm FNB Stadium stampede was caused by fans without tickets

Stadium Management SA says CCTV footage revealed that a group of supporters tried to forcefully gain access to the stadium before the tragedy happened.

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 says it can confirm that the stampede at the FNB Stadium yesterday was caused by an overwhelming number of unticketed fans trying to gain access to the stadium.

Two people died and one was critically injured during the Carling Black Label Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

At least 19 people including a child are being treated for minor injuries.

Stadium Management SA's Jacques Grobbelaar says CCTV footage has revealed that a group of supporters tried to forcefully gain access to the stadium before the tragedy happened.

“A group of people were trying to reach a perimeter over a period of 20 minutes, they breached one of the emergency gates and in the process, they fell down and people walked over them.”

He says no additional tickets were being sold at the gate.

“The venue was sold out two weeks before the event.”

Grobbelaar says while a preliminary investigation into the cause of the accident has been completed, a more in-depth investigation is underway.

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