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Fan stampede at Honduras football match kills four people, unborn fetus

Members of the Red Cross assist an injured fan after the stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa.
Members of the Red Cross assist an injured fan after the stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa.

Officials in Honduras say thousands of football fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled on Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede...

 By Chris Wright

Honduran goalkeeper sent off for patting opponent, 'world is laughing'

The decision to send off a goalkeeper for patting an opposing striker on the backside has turned the Honduran football league into a worldwide laughing stock, so says the director of first division club CD Marathon.

In what surely must be a footballing first, the game between Marathon and Real Sociedad in the Honduran top flight on Oct. 12 saw Marathon goalkeeper Junior Morales sent off by the referee for gently patting the backside of Real striker Eris Hernandez.

Having scooped the ball up inside...