Post by Beth Edgoose, Research Intern.
Thousands of fans turned up for the match. They pressed against the wire fence that enclosed the stadium, chanting and whistling for their team. The lucky few with tickets pushed their way to the front as armed rifle police formed tight lines at the back – forcing the crowd closer together. The stadium seated 30,000 and the crowd was at least that strong. There was no way in and thousands of voices raised in protest. Riot shields in front, a group of police pushed through an unlocked single gate less than four metres across. The fans surged, crushing those in front as wave after wave kept pushing forward. The scene quickly turned to chaos as the police fired tear gas in an attempt to stop them coming.