Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster

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Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster
Time 16:20 EET (14:20 UTC)
Date September 17, 1967 (1967-09-17)
Location Atatürk Stadium
Kayseri, Turkey
Casualties
40 dead
at least 300 injured

1967 Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster refers to an occurrence of football hooliganism, resulting in 40 deaths and at least 300 injuries (according to newspaper Hürriyet 's headline 600), during the football match held on September 17, 1967 between the clubs of Kayserispor and Sivasspor at the Atatürk Stadium of Kayseri in Turkey. It was the worst sports-related violence to occur in Turkey.[1]

The violence started following provocation of the Kayserispor fans in the half time, whose team went to leading by a goal scored in the first half. Supporters of the two teams threw rocks to each other. Some of the hooligans were also armed with bats and knives. The fleeing crowd caused a stampede in front of the stand exits. After the incident Sivasspor fans attacked people of Kayseri in the middle of the city center. The events in the stadium were followed by vandalism in Kayseri and many-days lasting riots in Sivas.[1][2] The Turkish government abandoned the entrances between the two cities for several days for resettle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Türkiye'deki futbolun kara tarihi". NTV MSNBC (in Turkish). 2008-12-01. Archived from the original on 9 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
    English version available at: "Blood is shed since 1959, the foundation of Turkish Football League". Umut Foundation. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ Dilek, Hakan (2003-08-14). "Makus tarihi futbolun". NTV MSNBC Spor (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-04-18. 

Coordinates: 38°43′22.08″N 35°29′48.84″E / 38.7228000°N 35.4969000°E / 38.7228000; 35.4969000