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  5/8/2007, Iyar 20, 5767

Did Police Expect Stadium Stampede?


An internal police document released on Tuesday indicates that Jerusalem police expected Beitar fans to push their way onto the field of Teddy Stadium if their team was to win against Hapoal Tel Aviv. After such a rush onto the field did in fact occur on Sunday night, seriously injuring two teenaged fans, Jerusalem District Police Chief Ilan Franco said that the police were not expecting a stampede, and had prepared for the game to run smoothly.

The document showed that police did in fact consider the possibility that fans would push their way forward, and had planned to station officers along the fence separating fans from the field in order to prevent a stampede. The document also suggested possible methods of dealing with a stampede, including the use of water cannons against rioters and the opening of field gates to reduce crowding. The suggested methods were not put into use at the Sunday night game.