22 Killed In Ivory Coast Soccer Stadium Tragedy

There’s been plenty of worrying (and rightly so) over whether South Africa would be ready to host the 2010 World Cup, what with the fact that corruption is running rampant and multiple stadiums aren’t even near completion. It turns out, unfortunately, that the stadium problems in Africa have already started.

Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium
(The scene of a tragedy.)

That’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, located in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast (a small west African nation). Spurred by discounted tickets and the chance to see native superstar Didier Drogba, hordes of fans rushed the stadium to watch a World Cup qualifying match between Ivory Coast and Malawi. Though the stadium was recently refurbished, a wall collapsed under the weight of thousands of fans, sparking a panicked stampede, and now 19 are feared dead (UPDATE: SKY NEWS has raised the total amount of fatalities to 22).

There are several particularly unfortunate details of the incident, even more unfortunate than “22 people just died” usually entails. Read more…