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Football fans injured in bleacher collapse

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Football fans injured in bleacher collapse
14:37 CEST+02:00
The fence around a set of bleachers has crashed to the ground at a Gothenburg football match, resulting in injuries to supporters who fell nearly two metres in the incident.

Fans of Gothenburg-based Örgryte were celebrating a goal by Marcus Allbäck which put the squad up 1-0 in the early going of match against Väsby in Sweden’s second division.

An Örgryte victory would likely allow the team to qualify for Sweden’s top football league, the Allsvenskan.

But the fans’ celebration was short lived after the pressure from celebrating fans became too much for the fence on the lower edge of the bleachers, causing it to give way and sending several fans tumbling down to the ground.

The game has been halted and emergency crews are on the way to deal with any injuries.

According to police, around 40 supporters fell approximately two metres when the fence collapsed.

A spokesperson for Gothenburg-area emergency services told the Aftonbladet newspaper they have not yet received any reports of serious injuries.

“No one has been trapped. Ambulances, police, and emergency services are there now and things are relatively calm on the scene,” said the spokesperson.

According to the TT news agency, at least one person has been taken to hospital.

The match’s referee has yet to decide whether or not to resume the match.

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