Albion's Meite in stadium horror; TRAGEDY: 22 fans dead after stampede at African World Cup qualifier.Byline: By Chris Lepkowski
MIDLAND footballer Abdoulaye Meite was caught up in Ivory Coast's tragic World Cup qualifier against Malawi, which claimed the lives of at least 22 fans following a stadium stampede and the collapse of a wall.
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More than 130 supporters were injured in the disaster following the collapse of the wall before the kick-off at Abidjan's 50,000-seater Houphouet- Boigny Stadium.
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Mowbray played for Middlesbrough, Celtic, and finally Ipswich Town as a tough centre half. , said today: "Abou was there. I've not spoken to him but it was fairly horrific though as you might imagine when people die. He didn't play in our last game because of illness having recovered from injury but we couldn't stop him playing at the weekend because there was an eightday gap following our last game."
Ivory Coast Minister of the Interior, Desire Tagro, said that the stadium in the capital Abidjan was overrun with people who pushed against each other, setting off the panic that led to the stampede ahead of the Ivory Coast v Malawi game today.
Stampedes are common at Africa's crowded stadiums, especially at events that touch national pride.
Badly-equipped security forces are far outnumbered and are often unable to control huge crowds.
Men carry out an injured spectator following the stadium stampede at a World Cup qualifying match between Ivory Coast and Malawi yesterday.; West Bromwich Albion player, Abdoulaye Meite, who was playing when the stampede occurred