- Title: More than a thousand Juventus fans injured in stampede in Turin
- Date: 4th June 2017
- Summary: TURIN, ITALY (JUNE 4, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN SAN CARLO SQUARE MORNING AFTER STAMPEDE VARIOUS OF POLICE SORTING THROUGH PILES OF BELONGINGS LEFT BEHIND BY FANS AS THEY RAN AWAY FROM SQUARE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND BARRIERS LOOKING ON POLICE SORTING ITEMS LEFT BEHIND BY PANIC-STRICKEN FANS MAN HOLDING PAIRLESS SHOE PAIRLESS SHOES IN PILE ON GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS SUPPORTER, MICHELE DE ROSSO, SAYING: "First of all I heard a bang and then saw the people filing towards the Piazza Castello square. Obviously, not to get trampled on, I followed them. In the mess I lost a shoe which I'm now looking for." (JOURNALIST ASKING OFF CAMERA IF HE GOT SCARED) "Very scared, above all when I saw that people were bleeding. I thought that someone was shooting in the square and thought that I don't want to die. Even though I was missing a shoe I sought to get away, without feeling any pain or anything at all as I tried to get as far away as possible." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS SUPPORTER, FEDERICO CELIA, SAYING: "When we heard the first bang everything went out of my head, I just ran. I ended up under two metal barriers with people walking over me. I shouted for help and two of my friends pulled me out. If not... I have blood on my legs, some of it is mine, some of it is not mine... it was pretty horrible because people don't think at all, they walk all over you, they don't care. I think there was a second bang and I don't know if the people were more prepared for it but people ran as if they were trying to avoid bullets, they kept themselves low as they ran. Nothing alike has ever happened to me, never in my entire life." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS SUPPORTER, GIACOMO TREVISAN, SAYING: "I don't know what happened, I heard a bang and I saw all the people move as if in a domino effect, falling down as they were pieces of domino, and there was a massive wave of air as they fell (IMITATES SOUND OF AIR WAVE) and I heard that sound and people started climbing over me as I fell on the floor, they trampled on my neck and shoulders. I managed to get up and escape. I lost all my friends, I found my brother and I pulled him by his t-shirt and we started running. In the street people were going crazy, everyone was running away and saying 'they are shooting, they are shooting'. We banged on the doors of a hotel and got in and stayed there until we were told that it was safe to go home. We lost our car keys, wallets, everything really." BLOOD STAINS ON GROUND IN SQUARE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE WITH HEADLINE READING (Italian) "RAILINGS COLLAPSE, FEAR AND BLOOD IN TURIN" AND "A SHOUT: 'BOMB' AND PANIC SPREADS, 200 INJURED IN THE SQUARE"
- Embargoed: 18th June 2017 12:58
- Keywords: stampede Piazza San Carlo square aftermath fans Turin Juventus final Champions League
- Location: TURIN, ITALY
- City: TURIN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JV475Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: More than a thousand Juventus soccer fans watching the Champions League final on screens in one of Turin's main squares late on Saturday (June 3) were injured when loud bangs created panic and mayhem.
Around 1,400 people were treated for slight injuries, Italian media reported. About seven people were seriously hurt, including a seven-year-old boy who was trampled.
Thousands of fans had gathered to watch the Champions League final on a giant screen in San Carlo Square. The match, between Turin club Juventus and Real Madrid, was being played in Cardiff, Wales.
During the second half of the match, which Real Madrid went on to win 4-1, video cameras showed a sudden rush in the middle of the crowd in San Carlo square, and then a violent surge that flung people against barriers.
Many fans then began to run out of the centre of the square, screaming in fear. The panic may have been started by the explosion of a loud firecracker that was mistaken for a bomb, a Reuters witness said. Police were still investigating what set off the stampede.
Afterwards shoes, beer bottles and bags littered the ground and people were seen limping and searching desperately for friends and relatives.
The mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, who had returned from watching the match in Cardiff, held a meeting with police on Sunday (June 4) morning. She was then due to visit the local hospital where the seven-year-old boy was being treated. His condition, after suffering injuries to his head and torso, is described as serious but stable.
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