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Grêmio fans taken to hospital after pile up at Arena Grêmio

Grêmio fans were admitted to hospital after an incident at the Arena Grêmio where fences collapsed under a crowd pile up.

Midfielder Elano had given the hosts the lead when celebrations amongst the fans led to a pile up near the protection barriers at the edge of the pitch which caused the fences to collapse.

Ten fans were taken to hospital for medical treatment but none is thought to be life threatening.

The incident raises serious concerns for the 2014 World Cup, occurring just days after the Santa Maria tragedy where more than 230 nightclubbers died in a blaze.

Although the Arena Grêmio is not one of the designated stadiums hosting the World Cup, it is one of the newest arenas and as such isvery similar to the new stadiums being purpose built for the competition.

Chief engineer Eduardo Antonini, who oversaw the construction project, was quick to assure investigations would be carried out: "It is an engineering matter, and we want to achieve 100% safety," he told SporTV.

"We will carry out the necessary technical analysis, and look through the details calmly tomorrow. We do not want further injuries at the stadium."

Source: Goal.com


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