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Liverpool calls for investigation into ‘unacceptable’ treatment of fans

Liverpool Football Club has called for a formal investigation to be carried out over the “unacceptable” treatment of its supporters during Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France.

Kick-off for Liverpool’s match against Real Madrid was delayed by more than half an hour as thousands of fans remained outside of the stadium.

Videos circulated on social media showed police using pepper spray and tear gas as fans tried to scan their tickets at the Stade de France turnstiles. Some supporters had been queueing for hours and were still outside of the ground at 9pm local time, when the match had been due to kick off.

In a statement, Liverpool said it was “hugely disappointed” at the stadium entry issues and the breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced at the stadium.

“This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight,” the statement said. “We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”

UEFA has claimed that, in the lead-up to the game, turnstiles at the Liverpool end became blocked by “thousands of fans who had purchased fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles”. UEFA said this created a build-up of fans trying to get in, which led to the kick-off being delayed.

UEFA said it was “sympathetic” to those affected by the events and will further review the matters with the French police and authorities, as well as the French Football Federation.

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has also called for UEFA to carry out a formal investigation into the scenes which marred the final.

She said: “The footage and accounts from Liverpool fans and the media on their entry to the Stade de France last night are deeply concerning. Thousands of ticket holders travelled to Paris in good time to support their team in the biggest match of their season.

“I urge UEFA to launch a formal investigation into what went wrong and why, in coordination with stadium staff, the French Police, Federation Francaise de Football, Merseyside Police and Liverpool Football Club.”

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin claimed that thousands of British supporters “without tickets or with counterfeit tickets forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards”. Meanwhile, reporters at the match said that local youths were seen climbing over the stadium fences, with Liverpool supporters shouting at them to “get down”.

Speaking to the Associated Press news agency, Ronan Evain, executive director of the Football Supporters Europe group, said that the “stigma” around English fans is being used by the French public authorities for “cheap political gain”.

Evain added: “There have always been mobility problems around the Stade de France. We are appalled by the communication by the French public authorities. Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are the victims of yesterday’s fiasco and are not the culprits here. Tear gassing people trying to enter the stadium is insane.”

The Stade de France staged the final of the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and is due to be a host venue at next year’s Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games.

The Champions League final had initially been due to take place at Saint Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena but UEFA moved the match to the Stade de France following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Stampede at Barclays Center leaves 18 people injured after reports of active shooter

- 5/29/22

Barclays Center

Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsA boxing match between Devonte Davis and Rolando Romero at the Barclays Center became a moment of terror for fans early Saturday morning after a stampede broke out following reports of an active shooter.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. EST following the fight, with cameras still recording as people left the Barclays Center. According to the New York City Police Department, that’s when fans in attendance heard a “sound disturbance” inside the arena that some believed to be a gunshot.

Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting

Authorities say a 26-year-old man has been taken into custody after one person was killed and seven people were injured in a shooting at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma

Video byNam Cho
ByThe Associated Press
May 29, 2022, 7:25 PM

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TAFT, Okla. — Authorities said a 26-year-old man was in custody after one person was killed and seven people were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, where witnesses described frantic people running for cover amid gunfire.

An arrest warrant was issued for Skyler Buckner and he turned himself in to the Muskogee County sheriff’s office Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. OSBI said that those shot at the Memorial Day event in Taft, located about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa, ranged in age from 9 to 56.

A 39-year-old woman was killed, OSBI said. The injuries of those wounded were considered non-life-threatening.

OSBI had earlier said two juveniles were injured in the shooting but said Sunday afternoon that only one juvenile was injured.

Witnesses said an argument preceded the gunfire just after midnight, the agency said.

“We heard a lot of shots and we thought it was firecrackers at first,” said Sylvia Wilson, an owner of Taft’s Boots Cafe, which was open at the time to serve a surge of visitors to the small town for the gathering. “Then people start running and ducking. And we were yelling at everyone… ’Get down! Get down!” Wilson said to The Associated Press by telephone from the café on Sunday morning.

About 1,500 people attended the event in Taft, which usually has a population of just a few hundred people. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, OSBI said.

“Bullets were literally flying everywhere,” Jasmayne Hill, who was working at a food truck during the event, told the Tulsa World.

Hill said she and Tiffany Walton, the owner of the food truck, dove to the truck’s floor to avoid the bullets.

“We’re thinking we’re safe and the bullets are like going through the bottom of the food truck,” Hill said. “They didn’t hit us, thank God.”

Neicy Bates and her husband were operating another food truck when the shots rang out. She told the Tulsa World that most people “were just going to the ground trying to get out of the way.”

“People were just screaming. Some were trying to run away. There were cars leaving, trying not to hit each other,” she said.

Walton, who lives in Taft, said for decades the town has held a multi-day festival over Memorial Day weekend.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said on Twitter that he was grateful for the OSBI’s “swift response to assist local police.”

Wilson estimated her café is about 100 feet (30 meters) from where the shooting broke out. She said law enforcement had been on the scene to help with security earlier and that officers reacted quickly to the shooting.

“We are upset,” Wilson said, adding: “But everything is getting back to normal… The danger has passed.”

Buckner was being held Sunday in Muskogee County jail. Jail records did not have an attorney listed for him.

Fake Tickets for Festival

Scalpers offer fake Meron festival tickets, subverting new safety measures – report

Ticket sellers say they can provide passes for Lag B’Omer event even if site is full; claim to also have tickets circumventing time limits imposed in wake of 2021’s deadly crush

By TOI staff 17 May 2022, 11:57 am
Police officers guard ahead of the Lag B'omer festival, at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, in Meron, northern Israel on May 15, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Police officers guard ahead of the Lag B’omer festival, at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, in Meron, northern Israel on May 15, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Ticket scalpers are offering forged passes to this year’s Lag B’Omer festival at Mount Meron to bypass strict attendance limits being imposed after 45 people were killed in a crush at the site last year, the Kan public broadcaster reported Monday.

The Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer begins on Wednesday night. Hundreds of thousands of revelers typically visit Mount Meron, home to the mountaintop gravesite of second-century sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, for an annual daylong pilgrimage marking his death.

After the disaster at the site last year, no more than 16,000 people at a time will be allowed in and around the tomb complex on Wednesday-Thursday, according to regulations drafted by the Justice Ministry, the Religious Affairs Ministry and the police.

Instead of there being open access to the site as in years past, entry will now be conditioned on pre-purchasing a ticket and visitors will only be permitted to stay for four hours.

The arrangements, approved last week by the Knesset Public Security Committee, have sparked a forged ticket industry in which fake passes can be purchased for hundreds of shekels, Kan said.

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One ticket scalper told reporters posing as interested pilgrims, “If there are no longer any places, I can do it, but it will simply be more expensive for you.”

Police officers guard ahead of the Lag B’omer festival, at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, in Meron, northern Israel on May 15, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The seller, who was not identified in the report, advised that as long as there are still places available, it is cheaper to buy via the official ticket office, but “as soon as there are no places at the site and I get more places for you, it will be more expensive.”

He also told the reporters that he can arrange tickets that will allow the holder to stay at the site for longer than the permitted four hours.


Kan did not say if it appeared the passes would pass scrutiny.

During a tour of Mount Meron on Monday, Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said that “over the past months we have done the best we can so that this year, all those celebrating will return home safely and anyone who wants to can come and celebrate in a manner as similar as possible to the customary way.”

Northern District Police chief Shimon Lavi, left, and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Matan Kahana, center, during a tour at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, in Meron, northern Israel, May 16, 2022, ahead of the Lag B’omer festival. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Police Northern District Commander Shimon Lavi told the media at the tour that the number of people who will be permitted at any one time at the site “is based on analysis and reports from safety engineers, with the whole idea being to maintain order and safety for the public.”

Lavi warned that “anyone who doesn’t have a ticket has no reason to come to Meron.”

Organizers have also published calls by top rabbis to obey instructions from safety officials, Kan reported.

However, some in the ultra-Orthodox community are pushing the public to ignore the new rules.


Kan broadcast a recorded message, in Yiddish, from one information call center operating in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea She’arim neighborhood that urged action against officials, who were referred to as the “wicked people who are damaging” the honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. It called on pilgrims to travel to Meron early, on Tuesday and Wednesday, apparently to force entry to the site by sheer weight of numbers.

Israeli rescue forces and police stand on the stairs where a mass of people were crushed to death and injured during the celebrations of the Lag B’Omer holiday on Mount Meron, in northern Israel on April 30, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The tragedy on April 30, 2021, occurred as thousands of celebrants streamed down a narrow walkway. Some people fell on the walkway and down a flight of stairs at its end, toppling onto those below and precipitating a fatal crushing domino effect.

The crush has been blamed on improperly installed ramparts and walkways, as well as a failure to limit numbers at the site. Different areas of the sprawling Mount Meron complex were administered by different ultra-Orthodox groups, making regulation and organization difficult.

A state commission of inquiry into the incident is ongoing, though it was slowed following the death of Miriam Naor, the head of the investigation, in January.

The Knesset approved this week a NIS 500,000 ($160,000) grant in “initial aid” for each of the 45 victims to their bereaved families.

On Monday ten bereaved families from last year’s disaster filed suit against the 2021 event organizers.

Bucks Evaluate Deer District Security After Shootings

Andy Berg, 5/17/22 Athletic Business

The Milwaukee Bucks are reassessing their safety and security protocols for the outdoor Deer District viewing area after a series of shootings last Friday during Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics.

The shootings, which left 21 people injured, prompted the team to cancel its Game 7 watch party in the Deer District.

“I think a very rational decision was to cancel it and really focus on debriefing what had happened, how do we move forward, what are the real operational decisions to make and safety decisions to make before we open back up a watch party,” Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said Monday, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The Deer District was a prominent feature in the Bucks’ 2021 run to the NBA Championship, hosting up to 65,000 fans in and around the space.

Feigin said the Bucks’ first priority is to create a safe space for employees and fans.

“We created a perimeter. We didn’t have direct issues in the Deer District with our scanned audience, but this is a bigger picture element of we need Milwaukee to be a safe place for families, for tourists, for businesspeople, to continue to grow,” Feigin said. “We’ve got to really work together to figure out the tactics to reverse this trend.”

Feigin said that the cancellation of the Game 7 watch part at the Deer District was necessary.

“I think for us, we have a real responsibility to our workforce,” Feigin said. “We had a real responsibility to make sure everybody understood what happened, how we could possibly avoid it in the future. I don’t think there was time to do that in a two-day period. I think a very rational decision was to cancel it and really focus on debriefing what had happened, how do we move forward, what are the real operational decisions to make and safety decisions to make before we open back up a watch party.”

Yet Another Youth Sports Facility Sees Gun Violence

Paul Steinbach, 5/2/22 Athletic Business

At least three people were injured Sunday when gunfire erupted near a middle school athletic field in Virginia, marking the third time in seven days that a shooting has occurred near youth sports facilities across the country.

As reported by ABC News, the latest incident unfolded Sunday morning near Benton Middle School in Manassas, Va., about 30 miles southwest of Alexandria, according to the Prince William County Police Department.

Police said a youth flag football game was underway when the gunfire erupted. Three gunshot victims were taken to area hospitals, but their ages and conditions were not immediately released.

The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. No arrests were reported, but police said officers had secured the scene.

“For those who reside near Benton Middle School, please stay in your homes until we have further updates,” Prince William County supervisor Yesli Vega said in a statement on Facebook.

The shooting came just three days after nearly two dozen shots were fired near a high school baseball game in Chicago, prompting players on the field to drop to the ground and others to dive for cover. The shooting occurred just after 5 p.m. on Friday during a game between St. Rita High School and Marmion Academy freshmen.

No one was injured in that shooting, and police said they suspect the gunfire came from a McDonald’s across the street from the athletic field where gunmen were firing at a moving car, according to the Chicago Police Department.

On April 25, a barrage of gunfire interrupted a youth league baseball game in North Charleston, South Carolina. Dozens of shots were fired near Pepperhill Park, police said.

Cell phone video showed players on the field diving to the ground and their teammates, coaches and spectators seeking cover.

The North Charleston Police said no one was injured in the shooting. No arrests have been made.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for the shooting.

“It destroyed the hearts of a lot of people: mothers, fathers, children out here participating in sports within our city,” Summey said at a news conference last week. “We will not tolerate this behavior, and we will not allow this behavior to carry forward.”

According to ABC News, gun violence prevention organization Everytown released a report last year showing that between Aug. 20 and Sept. 25, 2021, at least 22 incidents involving guns occurred at football games, soccer matches and Little League games in 14 states. Some incidents turned deadly, including a college football game in Durham, North Carolina, on Sept. 18, where police said two people were fatally shot.

NBA continues to see issues with fan behavior

5/11/22- SBJ-

The NBA for decades has “thrived by packing fans and superstars into tight spaces, creating the best game atmosphere of any pro sports league,” but over the past couple of weeks, four stars have “publicly complained about fan behavior,” according to Michael Rosenberg of The NBA “thinks it has mechanisms in place to keep game atmospheres hot instead of explosive.” But players “need to believe those mechanisms work” and that they “are enough.” The NBA has “emphasized” to players in recent years the option to “tell security and have the fans kicked out.” But some believe that when fans heckle, players “should respond in kind.” The standard for players is, and “always has been, higher than the fans who pay to get in to watch.” If fan heckling “gets out of hand,” the player “has to tell security.” If players are “no longer satisfied with that kind of resolution,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver “needs to recognize it and be proactive in addressing it.” Fan-player conflicts are “not a new problem,” and the league is “actually much better at dealing with it than it used to be.” These days, many teams “ban fans for long periods of time” and “use facial-recognition technology to enforce those bans” (, 5/10).

REACHING A BOILING POINT: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi wonders if fan behavior at all levels of sports is “becoming more nasty and hateful than it’s ever been?” Bianchi: “We’re talking about entitled fans who show up and think the price of a ticket gives them the right to say or do whatever they want.” Nets G Kyrie Irving and Warriors F Draymond Green were “fined for the ‘obscene’ gesture,” but Bianchi writes, “If you ask me they should be commended for their self-control.” Bianchi: “Isn’t it sad that some fans have obliterated the true meaning of sports and forgotten that going to a game is supposed to be a fun, joyful activity” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/11).

Mexican soccer league suspends all Sunday matches after fan riot

Jack Baer
Sat, March 5, 2022, 11:00 PM

Jack Baer

Jack Baer

Sat, March 5, 2022, 11:00 PM
Supporters of Atlas fight with supporters of Queretaro during the Mexican Clausura tournament football match between Queretaro and Atlas at Corregidora stadium in Queretaro, Mexico on March 5, 2022. - A match between Mexican football clubs was called off March 5, 2022 after violence by opposing fans spilled onto the field. The game between Queretaro and Atlas at La Corregidora stadium in the city of Queretaro  -- the ninth round of the 2022 Clausura football tournament -- was in its 63rd minute when fights between opposing fans broke out. (Photo by EDUARDO GOMEZ / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO GOMEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of Atlas fight with supporters of Queretaro during a soccer match Saturday. (Photo by EDUARDO GOMEZ / AFP)

Warning, the following article contains video of disturbing and graphic violence.

A Mexican soccer match between Querétaro and Atlas ended in horrifying fashion on Saturday, with a massive fan riot.

The Liga MX match was suspended and not resumed after pausing in the 60th minute. Fans could be seen fighting across Querétaro’s Estadio Corregidora, from the stands to on the field. Some images, which Yahoo Sports is not sharing, showed multiple bodies lying motionless on the ground.

TV Azteca’s David Medrano Felix later reported an initial death toll of 17, which remains unofficial as authorities sort out the aftermath. An official report claimed 44 people had been wounded, with two serious cases and none dead. A different report from the body governing emergency services had the number of wounded at 22, all men.


Jalisco governor Enrique Alfaro himself said there had been no deaths Saturday night.

Liga MX president Mikel Arriola tweeted out a statement denouncing the violence, which roughly translated to:

Unacceptable and unfortunate violence in the Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro. Those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium will be punished as an example. The safety of our players and fans is priority! We will continue reporting.

A subsequent statement from Liga MX announced the league had initiated an in-depth investigation into incidents that took place both inside and outside the stadium and asked the disciplinary commission of the Mexican Football Federation to prepare for sanctions. Criminal complaints will also be filed for the acts of violence.

The statement confirmed some people had been hospitalized, but provided no numbers nor indication of any deaths. The match will reportedly be resumed at a later date, as stipulated by league rules.

Querétaro governor Mauricio Kuri also denounced the violence, demanding that the institutions involved answer for what led to the riot, while Querétaro and Atlas released their own statements calling for the authorities to hold the perpetrators responsible.

Hours later, Mexico’s TUDN reported that all Liga MX games scheduled for Sunday had been suspended, which the league’s players union had requested.

Apparent beating of 49ers fan was kept secret for days, raising questions as Super Bowl nears

Hayley Smith, Richard Winton, Harriet Ryan
Thu, February 3, 2022, 5:22 PM

Officials faced mounting questions Thursday about why they didn’t inform the public about the apparent beating of a San Francisco 49ers fan outside SoFi Stadium on Sunday and whether more security measures are needed before the Super Bowl.

It took three days and an inquiry from The Times before authorities in Inglewood acknowledged the incident, which left 40-year-old restaurant owner Daniel Luna in a medically induced coma.

Luna was found bleeding in a stadium parking lot just after 4 p.m. Sunday, about half an hour into the NFC championship showdown against the Rams, yet it remains unclear who made the 911 call that ultimately resulted in his transport to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

It’s also not been established when law enforcement was informed of the incident. Inglewood police said they launched their investigation around 7 p.m. after emergency room personnel noted assault injuries on Luna and summoned officers. But the L.A. County Fire Department said law enforcement was at the scene of the apparent attack hours earlier when paramedics arrived.


Some experts said the timing of the incident — weeks before the nation’s attention turns to the stadium for the Super Bowl — created a “PR nightmare.” Others said it raises important questions about safety and security protocols during big games, noting that it’s not the first such violent incident in the highly charged Los Angeles-San Francisco sports rivalry.

On Wednesday, hours before The Times revealed the attack, public health officials, local leaders and representatives from the NFL and SoFi Stadium held a news conference to discuss COVID-19 safety protocols for the Super Bowl, but the beating was never mentioned.

Horace Frank, a former assistant Los Angeles police chief who oversaw major game security operations, said it was unconscionable for authorities to delay in revealing the apparent assault.

“You should put out that information to the public because the perpetrator is a public safety hazard and threat to the community,” Frank told The Times. “You want to get the persons responsible for this heinous attack into custody as soon as possible.”

As of Thursday, no information on suspects had been released. Inglewood Police Lt. Geoffrey Meeks denied that there was an attempt to cover up Luna’s beating in the run-up to the Super Bowl, saying, “We don’t have anything to hide.”

He said the department’s public silence was in keeping with standard practice for ongoing investigations.

“We tend to release information when we have exhausted all other investigative leads or are looking for specific information,” he said, adding that publicizing cases can lead to a flood of questionable tips that “forces us to spend time and resources to investigate every bit of information that comes in.”

“Sometimes that information could be someone’s personal hypothesis,” Meeks said. “That is why we don’t tend to come out right away with information.”

Yet the city only weeks ago released information seeking the public’s help hours after a shooting at an Inglewood house party killed four people.

Veteran PR executive Fred Cook, who directs USC’s Center for Public Relations, said he generally counsels large organizations “to get the information out as quickly and accurately as possible,” in part to reassure the public “we are doing everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

“The fact that the Super Bowl is being played there in a short period of time does create a different circumstance for what you communicate,” said Cook, who has advised companies including Amazon, Nintendo and McDonald’s.

Eric Rose, a public relations executive and well-known crisis manager in Southern California, said he was giving the Rams and stadium officials the “benefit of the doubt” because they may not have had all the facts, but “what they do going forward is going to decide their reputation in the community.”

So far, the response has not been robust.

In a statement provided to The Times, SoFi Stadium officials said they were “aware and saddened by the incident.”

“Our thoughts are with Mr. Luna’s friends and family during this difficult time. We are working with law enforcement officials in their investigation,” stadium representatives said.

SoFi Stadium spokeswoman Kristi Mexia, when asked for a follow-up interview to that statement, said, “This is the only comment we are able to provide at the moment.”

She did not respond to a list of questions, including when stadium officials first learned of the incident and what they are doing to ensure the safety of fans at the Super Bowl on Feb. 13.

Social media accounts for the city of Inglewood were similarly mum as of Thursday afternoon. Mayor James T. Butts, who also spoke publicly after the house party shooting, had not responded to a request for comment.

The recently completed $5-billion stadium has transformed Inglewood into a sports and entertainment destination even as it has led to gentrification and other challenges for many of the area’s longtime residents.

The Super Bowl — typically a windfall for the cities that host it — is projected to bring in as much as $477 million for the Los Angeles area, with total tax revenue up to $22 million, according to recent reports.

Though the motives for the SoFi incident are unclear, it has parallels to the infamous 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium. But in that case, police reported the beating to the media within hours and asked the public for help in finding suspects. And there were multiple witnesses in the Stow case; Luna flew to L.A. and attended the game alone, a friend told The Times.

Still, David Lira, a member of Stow’s legal team, said the incident at SoFi “is not a surprise.”

“It’s foreseeable, and because it’s foreseeable, that’s why you have to have the owners always constantly reviewing their security plan and changing it according to what teams and crowds are coming into the stadium,” Lira said. “It’s common sense.”

Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the stadium said some parts of the lots don’t have full camera coverage. Most of the security is focused inside and immediately around the stadium, and the parking lots are left to people directing traffic, they said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said Luna was found on the ground near Lot L, which sits off Stadium Drive across from an artificial lake south of the stadium.

Even inside the stadium, multiple videos have emerged in recent months of violent fan altercations that lasted a considerably long time before security intervention. The total number of altercations was not immediately available.

Sources said the stadium has been encouraged to bring in more L.A. County sheriff’s deputies to supplement security after internal concerns arose that there was not enough law enforcement to police often drunk and angry fans.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last week that he has assigned 380 personnel to the Super Bowl to help ensure the safest game possible.

Rose, the crisis manager, said now is the time for SoFi Stadium and Inglewood to be proactive. He mentioned posting rewards to assist law enforcement with finding the perpetrators of the apparent attack, and also making it clearer what security measures are in place for people attending the games.

“They should be calling for anyone with video or information to contact a particular number,” he said.

Police said they would be scouring video footage, with Meeks on Thursday noting that there was an extensive amount to be reviewed.

He said he did not know whether detectives had spotted Luna on the video or whether surveillance cameras that cover the exterior of the stadium include the parking lot where Luna was found.

Meeks described investigators as aggressively working on the case but offered few details.

He also said that paramedics from the L.A. County Fire Department who were called to help Luna did not summon police.

Otherwise, he said, “we would have been on this thing from the beginning.”

Chad Sourbeer, a fire battalion chief, said the department’s preliminary review of the call indicated Meeks’ account was not completely accurate. Law enforcement officers were at the scene when paramedics arrived, he said — although he could not specify which agency the officers belonged to. There was also a large crowd gathered near Luna, he said.

“L.A. County Fire Department did not need to report this because law enforcement was already there,” he said. “Our mission was to take care of the patient, not law enforcement. Our job was to assess the patient and save their life.”

More than 70,000 people were in attendance at Sunday’s game — including Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — but so far no public video footage of the incident has emerged.

Alex Comisar, a spokesman for Garcetti, noted that the incident was outside the mayor’s jurisdiction and that neither he nor the LAPD knew about it until it was reported in the news. Los Angeles Police Department officials immediately reached out to their counterparts in Inglewood to offer assistance, he said.

“Senseless acts of violence like this one have no place in civilized society,” Comisar said. “The mayor’s thoughts are with the victim of this horrific assault and his loved ones, and he hopes that whoever committed this crime is found quickly and brought to justice.”

The 49ers expressed similar condolences in a statement to The Times.

“What happened to Daniel Luna is reprehensible, and we strongly condemn all violence. We know local authorities in Los Angeles are conducting a full investigation and we’re here to support them however we can. Our thoughts and prayers go to Mr. Luna, his family, friends, and the medical team providing him care,” the team said.

As for security at the Super Bowl, Comisar said highly trained law enforcement professionals were leading a “multi-agency effort” to secure the game.

“Local residents and fans traveling in from out of town should know that they are safe, and that all the necessary steps are being taken to protect their well-being,” he said.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

AFCON: Report into deadly stadium crush will focus on who closed gate that led to loss of lives

By Aleks Klosok, Joel Kouam and Mitchell McCluskey, CNN

January 25, 2022

Douala, Cameroon (CNN)The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said a report into a stadium crush in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé will center on who closed the gate at the Olembe Stadium.

At least eight people were killed and 38 injured in Monday’s incident during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game between Cameroon and Comoros.
The crush occurred at the south entrance of the stadium as fans attempted to watch the round of 16 match, which ended in a 2-1 victory to Cameroon.
“If [the gate] was open, [spectators] would have walked through and it was closed for inexplicable reasons,” CAF president Patrice Motsepe said during a press conference on Tuesday.
“If that gate was open as it was supposed to we wouldn’t have had this loss of life.”
Motsepe also vowed that such an incident will “never happen again” at an AFCON tournament, adding that “there were things that should have been foreseen.”
A purse is seen on the ground in the aftermath of Monday's crush.

A purse is seen on the ground in the aftermath of Monday’s crush.
He said: “There is zero tolerance, absolute zero tolerance in the circumstances which could result in people being injured at a stadium or losing their lives.
It was also confirmed at the press conference that the AFCON quarterfinal due to be played at Olembe Stadium on Sunday will be moved to Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, subject to approval from CAF’s executive committee.
A statement from the government of Cameroon said 31 people were lightly injured and seven were seriously injured in the crush.
“Facing this tragedy, the seriousness of which has provoked emotion and consternation, the Head of State [Paul Biya] sends his saddest condolences to the badly hit families, as well as his wishes of a speedy recovery to the injured, to whom he sends the profound compassion of the entire nation,” the statement added.
The deceased were taken to the Yaoundé Emergency Centre, while the injured were divided between four health facilities in Yaoundé.
In a statement on Tuesday, FIFA — football’s global governing body — sent “deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives.”
It added: “The thoughts and prayers of the global football community are with the victims, the ones who have been injured in this incident, and all the staff of both CAF and the Cameroonian Football Association at this difficult moment.”
At least eight people were killed in the crush during game between Cameroon and Comoros.

At least eight people were killed in the crush during game between Cameroon and Comoros.
Monday’s incident came a day after another tragedy in the capital.
At least 16 people were killed when a fire tore through a nightclub early Sunday, according to a government statement. Another eight people were seriously injured and are in intensive care.
At a news conference held at the scene, the director of the Yaoundé Central Hospital said several people were in critical condition.
Explosions from fireworks caused the ceiling at the Liv Nightclub to catch fire, resulting in two strong explosions that caused panic among those in the venue, according to the statement from the Cameroonian Ministry of Communication.
Biya ordered an in-depth investigation into the incident and sent his condolences to the victims’ families, the government statement added.

CNN’s Joel Kouam reported from Cameroon and Mitchell McCluskey wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Niamh Kennedy, Nimi Princewill and Schams Elwazer contributed to this report.

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