More than 200 people are understood to have been injured in the incident which also saw a floodlight fall on the pitch in the Malappuram district of Kerala
A football stand collapsed in India © Twitter / ANI
More than 200 people were injured with some in a critical condition after a temporary stand collapsed during a football match at a sports ground in Kerala’s Malappuram district in India on Saturday, according to reports.
Dramatic footage of the incident shows the moment when the temporary seating gave way, with a large floodlight also falling on the pitch and appearing to strike spectators as they attempted to scramble to safety.
Fans from the opposite side of the pitch can be seen in the brief footage running on to the field in a bid to give assistance to those who were injured, as reported by local outlet ABP Live.
The collapse occurred in the Poongod stadium where the final of the All India Sevens Football Tournament was being played.
#WATCH Temporary gallery collapsed during a football match in Poongod at Malappuram yesterday; Police say around 200 people suffered injuries including five with serious injuries#Keralapic.twitter.com/MPlTMPFqxV
— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2022
Local media also suggested that the attendance in the temporary stand had exceeded the recommended seating capacity, with another publication, Matrubhumi, reporting that police said 8,000 fans had gathered at the stadium to watch the match.
It is thought that as many as 3,000 fans were seated in the temporary stand before its collapse – a figure above the recommended capacity.
The accident happened just before kick-off in the final game of the tournament between United FC Nellikuth and Royal Travel Kozhikode