In 1964, a soccer match between Argentina and Peru resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people, one of the worst sports incidents in history.

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  • On May 24, 1964, a deadly riot broke out at a soccer match in Lima, Peru. The game between Peru and Argentina was a qualifying match for the 1964 Olympics. With several minutes left in the game, the referee waived off a goal scored by Peru, causing some fans to storm the field.
    Officials tried to keep the crowd under control by releasing tear gas canisters, which caused crowds to stampede the exits. More than 300 people were crushed to death, and another 500 were injured. The incident, known as the Estadio Nacional disaster, is the worst riot in soccer history.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    incident Noun

    event or happening.

    Olympics Noun

    international sports competition divided into summer and winter games held every four years.

    riot Noun

    large, violent, public disturbance.

    soccer Noun

    sport played by teams of 11 on a large field of natural or artificial grass, trying to maneuver a ball without using their hands and trying to score in the opponent's goal. Outside the U.S., called football or futbol.

    stampede Noun

    sudden, violent movement of a crowd.

    tear gas Noun

    aerosol gas that causes extreme irritation of the eyes, leading to tears and sometimes vomiting. Also called CS gas.