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Two fans killed and several injured in fan crush in South Africa

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 30 July, 2017, 01:22

It took place during the Soweto derby between football clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg.

Sun noted that the match would still continue despite the incident.

Operations Manager for Gauteng EMS Colin Errakiah says one person is in a critical condition in hospital.

Carling Black Label and soccer fans have also joined the chorus of condolence.

The crush happened as spectators attempted to push their way through the gates into the stadium.

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Players and officials inside the stadium were not alerted to the troubles outside with Chiefs running out 1-0 winners after 90 minutes.

Local media reports suggested fake tickets had gone on sale, while some analysts said fans have a tendency to enter stadiums late.

Michael Sun, the councillor for public safety in Johannesburg, confirmed the deaths on Twitter and said gates were opened to ensure crowd control.

Live television coverage of the match showed no obvious disturbance and police and emergency services officials could not immediately confirm the report. "What happened at FNB Stadium is very unfortunate", SAFA president Danny Jordaan, said in a statement.

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