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Osasuna vs. Real Betis Restarted After Suspended Play for Collapse of Stand

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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2014

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:

Ian Paul Joy of beIN Sports provided a look at the scene:

As Sky Sports noted, the issue caused the match to be suspended until the situation could be resolved:

According to Football Espana, there were some relatively major injuries involved:

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:

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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