At least four people have been confirmed to have lost their lives after a stampede ensued at a football match in Honduras. Many others have also sustained injuries after it was confirmed that fake tickets were sold for the match.
The game which was a title play-off match between Honduras Progreso and Motagua was played at Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. The original capacity of the stadium is 35,000, but according to reports from the Police, there were too many people allowed into the stadium, leading to a stampede and the sad loss of lives.
Interestingly, Motagua denied the reports and claimed that the crowd they originally allowed into the stadium was not beyond the normal count and that they did their part in ensuring that such a scenario never played out.
In a statement released following the incident, Motagua said that they had done well to inform and sound a note of warning to the authorities as soon as they discovered the circulation of fake tickets. They said spectators had already started barging in illegally and they did their best to control the situation but to no avail.
The game however went ahead without any hitches as the home side won the match 3-0, making it an aggregate scoreline of 7-1.
At the end of the match, Motagua released an official statement expressing its deepest condolences to the friends and family of the confirmed dead persons. The statement continued by assuring the fans that there is always strict supervision of ticket sales which is usually always approved by the Honduras government agency.
In conclusion, the statement states that there is an ongoing investigation currently going on concerning the tragic event at the stadium.