Amiens stadium barrier collapses, 29 remain in hospital


The casualties - three of them seriously hurt - have been evacuated from Amiens' 12,000 capacity Stade de la Licorne during their Ligue 1 clash with Lille.

French officials claim four people are in a serious condition after the barrier collapsed in front of the Lille fans.

He said 25 people had been injured, four of them seriously.

A stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as spectators visiting from Lille celebrated the opening goal of the match by Fode Ballo-Toure.

Ingla also criticised Amiens president Bernard Joannin who blamed Lille fans for the collapse of the safety barrier.

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"We hope the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) identifies those responsible".

"I wanted to say how unsafe it can be when supporters charge en masse in a matter of seconds towards a barrier and that they are also putting themselves in danger", he said.

"Professional football demands a certain number of organisational requirements, and in this context, these statements seem inappropriate and irresponsible". The fixture was eventually abandoned.

Both clubs took to social media site Twitter to offer solidarity and support in the need of the hour. Lille said club president Gerard Lopez would visit the hospital on Sunday.