Football's deadliest disasters

01 February 2012 09:46

The death of at least 73 people in football violence on Wednesday in the Egyptian city of Port Said is the latest in a long line of stadium tragedies.

Disasters at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Hillsborough in Sheffield and Furiani in Corsica are among the most widely remembered, but the highest death toll was in Lima in 1964.


May 23, 1964: 320 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries during a stampede at a Peru-Argentina match at Lima's National Stadium. Fans could not escape the crush and were trampled or asphyxiated.


May 10, 2001: 126 deaths in Accra at the end of a match between Hearts of Oaks and Kumasi, when Kumasi supporters, angered by their team's defeat, threw projectiles and broke chairs. Police threw tear-gas grenades, triggering a stampede.


April 15, 1989: 96 Liverpool supporters died in a stampede in the stands at Sheffield's Hillsborough Stadium during FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

May 11, 1985: 56 deaths in a fire at a wooden stands during a match between Bradford and Lincoln City.


January 2, 1971: 66 people killed in a crush at the Ibrox Stadium during a Rangers-Celtic derby. It was the stadium's second disaster, the first being when a stand collapsed in 1902, killing 26.


February 17, 1974: 48 deaths and 47 injuries when 80,000 people crammed into a stadium with a capacity of 40,000.


April 11, 2001: 43 deaths during a stampede at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg during a match between the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

January 13, 1991: 40 deaths during a melee in an Orlando Pirates-Kaizer Chiefs match.


29 May, 1985: 39 killed at Heysel Stadium in Brussels when Juventus fans tried to flee aggressive Liverpool fans.


May 5, 1992: 18 killed and more than 2,300 injured when a terrace collapsed in Furiani stadium in Corsica.

Source: AFP