Wednesday saw one of the worst football tragedy in Egypt, where more than 73 people were killed and about a 1000 injured.
This however, is not the first time, the world has seen such a disaster. Footballing history has witnessed many such unfortunate events in the past. Based on the number of deaths, here are 10 of the worst tragedies ever in football.
1. Kayseri Ataturk Stadium Tragedy
17 September, 1967
The on-field aggression between the home crowd of Kayseri and the neighboring Sivas turned into a bloody riot which reportedly included weapons like guns and knives. The incident claimed 40 lives and injured 600 others.
2. Heysel Stadium Disaster
11 May 1985
This major disaster took place when a fire broke out in the middle of a match between Bradford City and Lincoln City. The small fire soon turned deadly and as many as 56 people died as a result of it.
3. Ibrox Disaster
2 January 1971
This freak tragedy took place when some fans, who were trying to leave the stadium, fell owing to the collapse of barriers. A large number of people were crushed to death with the recorded number being 66.
4. Luzhniki Disaster
20 October 1982
This incident started out of confusion as leaving fans started to return to the stadium after a goal was scored. This led to a confusion between other spectators who were leaving the ground and led to a stampede with 67 people being crushed to death. Many people, however, claim this figure to be as high as 340.
5. Puerta 12 Tragedy
23 June 1968
About 71 fans were crushed to death and 150 of them injured in a stampede following the match at El Monumental. Sadly, no one knows the exact story about what really led to the the incident.
6. The Guatemala Tragedy
16 October 1996
Yet another stampede led to the death of 84 people and injured 150 others. It took place before the World Cup qualifying match between Costa Rica and Guatemala.
7. Kathmandu Stadium Disaster
12 March 1988
This disaster took place when fans tried to flee from a hailstorm towards the exits of the stadium. About 93 fans were killed and more than 100 injured in the whole fracas.
8. Hillsborough Disaster
15 April 1989
About 96 people were killed and 200 injured when a surge of fans is let into an already packed area leading to many of the other spectators being crushed. The match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was abandoned within 6 minutes of its start.
9. Ghana Stampede
9 May 2001
This incident started when football fans throwing bottles and chairs at the ground. When the police fired tear gas into the crowd, panic ensued and a stampede occurred. 126 people died and scores of spectators injured that day.
10. Lima Football Riot
24 May 1964
In terms of death count this is indeed the worst ever football tragedy ever. Around 318 people were killed and 500 other injured in a major riot that erupted after a referee disallowed a Peruvian goal. (Special Features, MensXP.com)