8 Brazilian soccer fans die after a stadium bleacher gives way

November 26, 2007 03:26

Eight people died Sunday after a section of stands at a soccer stadium in northeastern Brazil collapsed as fans cheered the end of a game, police said. At least nine people fell through a section of the highest bleachers at the Fonte Nova stadium in the coastal city of Salvador, and eight were killed, said Maj. Edmilson Tavares of the city's federal police. Television images showed what appeared to be a hole in the bleachers. Tavares said it was not clear what caused the collapse. The accident happened as fans of the Bahia soccer team went into a wild celebration, storming the field when their team managed a goalless draw with Vila Nova, securing Bahia a place in the nation's second division.

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