Panic stampede during Champions League finals leaves 400 injured in Turin

  • As per reports, 400 people were injured, five seriously, including a 7-year old boy, when fire crackers triggered a panic stampede in Turin piazza, Italy. People had gathered there to watch the Champion League finals on giant screens between local club Juventus and the Spanish club Real Madrid. Real Madrid won 4-1.

    Eyewitnesses have reported hearing sounds of what seemed like gun fire from the middle of the square and this led to people running in all directions. It was only later that people realized was fire crackers. The panic left the ground littered with shoes and other items left behind, as traumatized people were seen searching for their dear ones.

    The scene was reminiscent of the 1985 Heysel disaster in Brussels, Belgium that left 39 Italian fans dead, when a wall collapsed just before start of the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool.