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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

South Africa football stadium crush claims two lives

The pre-season derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates carried on despite the tragedy.

The FNB stadium in Johannesburg hosted the final of the 2010 World Cup. Credit: Reuters
The FNB stadium in Johannesburg hosted the final of the 2010 World Cup. Credit: Reuters

Two people were killed in a crush during a football match Saturday at the South African stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final, local media and an official said.

The incident occurred at a pre-season derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, the country's most popular teams, both from Soweto.

Public and private broadcasters cited officials saying the crush took place outside a gate at the FNB stadium which hosted the final of the football extravaganza seven years ago.

Emergency services were not immediately reachable for comment, but Michael Sun, a Johannesburg municipal councillor responsible for public safety confirmed the deaths in a tweet.

"Situation report from FNB Soweto Derby:Stampede reported with multiple injuries, 2 confirmed fatal," wrote Sun on Twitter.