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Football: 68 fans hurt after Osasuna fence falls in La Liga relegation game

Published on May 19, 2014 6:05 AM
An injured supporter (centre) is stretchered off by medical staff after a railing collapsed during the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between CA Osasuna and Real Betis at the El Sadar stadium in Pamplona, northern Spain, on 18 May 2014. Several fans were injured as the railing collapsed following Osasuna's opening goal in the 12th minute, the match resumed after 35 minutes. -- PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (AFP) - Osasuna and Valladolid were relegated to the Spanish second division on Sunday, but the final round of La Liga matches was overshadowed by the collapse of a barrier which injured 58 fans at Osasuna’s El Sadar stadium in Pamplona.

The Navarran Red Cross confirmed 10 people, including children, were taken to hospital and a further 48 suffered minor injuries when the barrier gave way under the pressure of fans surging forward after Oriol Riera had given Osasuna the lead against already-relegated Real Betis.

A number of spectators had to be carried to safety on stretchers with the players helping to lift them to safety.

“Many thanks to the Osasuna staff, security team, fans and a number of people that have collaborated with the work of our volunteers,” the Navarran Red Cross added on their official Twitter page.

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