A dangerous situation in the stands caused an extended suspension of a La Liga match between Osasuna and Real Betis on Sunday.
After Osasuna scored their first goal of the match in the 12th minute, the home fans went crazy in celebration. Unfortunately, a fence broke in the stands, causing people to fall onto the pitch, according to AS:
Nasty scenes from El Sadar where a barrier collapsed after the goal. Crush of people fell onto the pitch, medics now attending fans.— AS English (@English_AS) May 18, 2014
Ian Paul Joy of beIN Sports provided a look at the scene:
Terrible scenes at Osasuna vs Betis match. Fans rushed to celebrate the goal. Fence has collapsed & multiple injuries pic.twitter.com/7Mg7SZszga— IAN PAUL JOY (@JOYPAULIAN) May 18, 2014
As Sky Sports noted, the issue caused the match to be suspended until the situation could be resolved:
La Liga match between Osasuna & Real Betis suspended after partial collapse of stand #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 18, 2014
According to Football Espana, there were some relatively major injuries involved:
This caused some fans to fall over onto the pitch and a few to be stretchered away. No one reported as seriously injured though #Osasuna— footballespana (@footballespana_) May 18, 2014
Fortunately, officials allowed football to continue after an extended delay. As Dermot Corrigan of ESPN pointed out, it did not take long for the fans to get excited once again:
Meanwhile Osasuna score about 60 seconds after game restarts! Acuna fires in after poor Betis defending.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 18, 2014
The lead was big for Osasuna as they entered the final day of the season looking to avoid relegation from La Liga. Real Betis was firmly in last place and clinched a spot in the Segunda Division next season, but the home squad had the ability to pass Granada, Getafe or Almeria with positive results.
It is no wonder the fans got so enthusiastic to see the opening goal so early in the match.
While Osasuna will still need help from other teams at the bottom of the table, all they can worry about at this point is helping their own cause with a win.
On the other hand, this situation becomes yet another reminder about how dangerous things can get when fans are out of control. While it's good that action was delayed to resolve the issues, it will be important to use this incident as a way to prevent similar dangers in the future.
Hopefully no one is seriously injured in what could have been a much worse situation.
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