Stadium seats collapse, injuring 18 at French soccer match

Trevor Jackson
October 2, 2017

Amiens president Bernard Joanni placed the blame on Lille supporters, claiming they purposely put excess pressure on the barrier.

Amiens stadium barrier collapses injuring 29 fans in Ligue 1.

The incident occured in the 15th minute as the visiting fans celebrated Fode Ballo-Toure's scoring the opening goal.

Officials said at least 18 soccer fans were injured when a barrier separating them from the field collapsed during a French club match, sending the first several rows of people tumbling.

As the stadium was evacuated, match delegate, Noel Mannino, said the game would be abandoned.

On Sunday Lille posted on its Twitter account: "Great news!"

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The local prosecutor said he had opened an investigation into the incident.

Amiens President Bernard Joannin, meanwhile, denied the barrier in the almost 20-year-old stadium had any issues and instead insinuated it was the actions of a group of Lille fans that caused its collapse.

Their 12,000-capacity Stade de la Licorne is the smallest of the 20 Ligue 1 clubs.

"The Amiens president's comments appear irresponsible and disgraceful in this dramatic context", he tweeted.

"Courage to the injured Lille supporters". "Our supporters are irreproachable and professional football demands the best organisation. We hope this is not too serious".

Numerous victims suffered leg and rib injuries, while four people are reportedly in a serious condition according to Sky News.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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