A panicked crowd stormed through downtown Turin, Italy, with hundreds sustaining injuries during the stampede at a public screening of a soccer game. Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang, possibly from a firecracker.
At least 1,000 were injured in the incident, the Agence France-Presse news agency cited the police as saying on Sunday. While most of the people affected were treated for cuts and bruises, seven had to be taken to emergency units at local hospitals. Among them was a 7-year-old boy who was trampled during the stampede, reported local television station Sky TG24.
Around 30,000 Juventus fans had gathered at Turin's Piazza San Carlo to watch the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Video of the viewing shows a rush in the middle of the crowd that caused a surge and stampede as people tried to scramble over the barriers. Many fans began running from the square, screaming in fear.
Witnesses said there was a loud bang that sparked the panic. The sound may have come from a collapsed barrier or the sound from a loud firecracker. Other reports state that someone yelled "bomb" as a joke.
Following the stampede, bags and lost shoes littered the square while people were seen limping and looking for friends and family members, a Reuters witness said.
The incident occurred shortly after Real Madrid scored its third goal before winning the match 4-1.
Following the match, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said: "We hope all get better soon."
Club president Andrea Agnelli said: "I've been informed of the incident and my thoughts go out to those who were injured on what was supposed to be a night of celebration."
rs/bw (dpa, Reuters)