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10 most tragic disasters in football

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Football is a beautiful game enjoyed by millions of people around the world but has had its share of disasters in the past either caused deliberately or due to nature and has resulted in tragic loss of life. The amount of disasters has reduced in recent years thanks to various precautionary measures but nothing can be done to erase the past. Heres a list of the top ten greatest football disasters.

#1 The National Stadium Disaster

Date: 24 May 1964

Location: National Stadium, Lima, Peru

Casualties: 318

The National Stadium Disaster is undoubtedly the deadliest football tragedy in history. The horrific incident occurred during an Olympic qualifying match between Peru and Argentina which took place at the National Stadium in Lima. The two countries shared a heated rivalry which turned deadly on that fateful day when Peru had two goals disallowed. The Peruvian fans started a riot which killed 318 people and caused serious injury to another 500.

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Published 15 Jun 2014, 17:02 IST
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