At least eight people suffocated at an overcrowded stadium during a soccer match between Liberia and Gambia yesterday in Monrovia, Liberia, a doctor and an aid worker said.
The 33,000-seat Samuel K. Doe stadium in Monrovia was packed beyond capacity for the World Cup qualifying match.
The rowdy crowd pushed up against a metal bar, causing the bar to snap and sending dozens of people careening onto the floor below. They fell onto others at the game, crushing them.
"Spectators tried all sorts of means to save [them], but could not help," said Liberian Red Cross rescue worker Emmanuel Johnson.
Hours before the start of the match, United Nations peacekeepers had closed the gates of the stadium when it became clear that the stadium already was beyond capacity.
Thousands of people entered using fraudulent tickets, stranding real ticketholders outside.
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