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09.02.2009 League Report

Four fans die over Kotoko, Hearts clash

By myjoyonline
Four fans die over Kotoko, Hearts clash

Four football fans, all men, are reported dead at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi where they were rushed for medical attention on Sunday after collapsing during the titanic football clash between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak.

Hearts won the ninth-week league game 2:1 at the Baba Yara Stadium after taking a two-goal lead.

Joy News correspondent, Dela Atiase, reported Monday morning that doctors at KATH confirmed the deaths but refused to identify the victims.

A number of fans were rushed to the hospital on Sunday after they collapsed during the game and doctors say they collapsed from the suffocating heat that generated from the filled-to-capacity stadium.

During the game, a fire tender had to spray water into sections of the stands to help reduce the heat, and some publications quote figures in excess of 100 as having collapsed.

Story by Isaac Yeboah