2017 Turin stampede

The 2017 Turin stampede (Italian: Tragedia di Piazza San Carlo) occurred on 3 June 2017 when panic emerged in the Piazza San Carlo after a robbery attempt during a screening of the UEFA Champions League Final in Turin, Italy between local team Juventus and Real Madrid. Three people died as a result of the incident, and at least 1,672 people were injured.

2017 Turin stampede
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Location of Turin in Italy
Date3 June 2017 (2017-06-03)
Time10:30 p.m.
LocationTurin, Italy
CauseRobbery attempt and a loud bang
Deaths3[1]
Non-fatal injuries1,672[1]

StampedeEdit

The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time, about 10 minutes before the end of the match, when panic erupted among those at Piazza San Carlo, leading to a stampede. During the panic, a railing of stairs leading to an underground parking garage gave way, causing additional injuries.

Although the panic was initially thought to be caused by the noise of firecrackers, it was later determined to be caused by a robbery attempt of shooting pepper spray into the crowd to steal valuables among the public,[2] and someone shouting that a bomb had gone off may have fueled the panic.[3]

CasualtiesEdit

At least 1,672 people were injured, including seven who were seriously injured.[1][4][5] On 15 June, less than two weeks after the stampede, a 38-year-old woman, Erika Pioletti, died in hospital of her sustained injuries.[6][7] Another woman, Marisa Amato, became tetraplegic and eventually died in hospital on 25 January 2019.[8][9] A man, Anthony Bucci, died on 31 January 2020, in hospital after two years of battling with an amputated foot.[10]

Reactions and investigationsEdit

Some older Juventus fans said the stampede had evoked painful memories of the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985, when 39 fans, mostly Juventus supporters from Italy, were crushed against a collapsing wall in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final between Juventus and Liverpool.[3]

In November 2017, the Prosecutor Office of Turin started a formal investigation involving around twenty suspects, included the mayor Chiara Appendino and the police chief Angelo Sanna.[11]

On 13 April 2018, eight people were arrested on charges of triggering mass panic to commit a robbery using pepper spray. One of them confessed the crime. The suspects were identified by telephone interceptions, in one of which a gold necklace stolen in the event was mentioned.[12]

On 14 May 2019, the victims of the tragedy were commemorated with a plaque in the piazza.[13]

On 17 May 2019, Sohaib Bouimadaghen, Hamza Belghazi and Mohammed Machmachi were sentenced to 10 years, 4 months and 20 days in prison, and Aymene El Sahibi to 10 years, 3 months and 24 days in prison.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Piazza San Carlo: 4 condanne per omicidio preterintezionale a banda spray" (in Italian). ansa.it. 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Eight arrested for sparking deadly Turin football stampede". The Local. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "200 injured in Juventus fan panic after bomb scare: police". Yahoo Sports. Turin. Agence France-Presse. June 4, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Panic erupts during Champions League viewing in Italy, injuring 1,500". BNO News. June 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Di Marco, Alessandro (June 4, 2017). "Champions, panico a Torino, 1.527 feriti, tre sono gravi". Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (in Italian). Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Morta la donna travolta in piazza San Carlo". La Stampa (in Italian). Torino. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "Torino, il 5 mille per aiutare nonna Marisa paralizzata dalla folla di piazza San Carlo" (in Italian). repubblica.it. 25 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Morta donna ferita in piazza San Carlo - Ultima Ora" (in Italian). Agenzia ANSA. 25 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Torino, muore la donna rimasta tetraplegica travolta dalla folla in piazza San Carlo. La figlia: "E' stata dura"" (in Italian). repubblica.it. 25 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Tragedia di piazza San Carlo, morto un altro dei feriti: è il terzo" (in Italian). lastampa.it. 18 February 2020.
  11. ^ Numa, Massimo; Rossi, Andrea (November 7, 2017). "Disastro colposo. Venti indagati per piazza San Carlo". La Stampa (in Italian). Torino. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Redazione (April 13, 2018). "Eight arrested for causing Turin soccer stampede". Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Torino, targa per vittime Piazza S.Carlo" (in Italian). ansa.it. 14 May 2019.

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