200 injured as stand collapses in football match in India

Mar 21 2022

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Publish Date: 21 March 2022 – 13:10

200 injured as stand collapses in football match in India

TEHRAN, Mar. 21 (MNA) – More than 200 people were injured with some in critical condition after a temporary stand collapsed during a football match at a sports ground in Kerala’s Malappuram district in India on Saturday, according to reports.

Dramatic footage of the incident shows the moment when the temporary seating gave way, with a large floodlight also falling on the pitch and appearing to strike spectators as they attempted to scramble to safety, RT reported.

Fans from the opposite side of the pitch can be seen in the brief footage running onto the field in a bid to give assistance to those who were injured, as reported by local outlet ABP Live.

The collapse occurred in the Poongod stadium where the final of the All India Sevens Football Tournament was being played.

“Likewise ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5, 6. All your self-uplifting works out the natural result and makes you in character such as God will not for a moment approve. “Without me,” says Christ, “ye can do nothing.” John 15:5. Work and teach, work in Christ’s lines, and then you will never work in your own weak ability, but you will have the co-operation of the divine, combined with the God-given human ability. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober; be vigilant” (not in kicking your footballs and in educating yourselves in the objectionable games which ought to make every Christian blush with mortification at the afterthoughts) “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:7, 8. Yes, he is on your playground, watching your amusements, catching every soul that he finds off his guard, sowing his seeds in human minds, and controlling the human intellect. 8LtMs, Ms 51, 1893, par. 19 – 8LtMs, Ms 51, 1893, par. 20

Local media also suggested that the attendance in the temporary stand had exceeded the recommended seating capacity, with another publication, Matrubhumi, reporting that police said 8,000 fans had gathered at the stadium to watch the match.

It is thought that as many as 3,000 fans were seated in the temporary stand before its collapse – a figure above the recommended capacity.

The accident happened just before kick-off in the final game of the tournament between United FC Nellikuth and Royal Travel Kozhikode.

Per Matrubhumi, local police have indicated that organizers of the event could face severe punishment if they are found to have knowingly disregarded safety measures before the stand collapsed.

Dozens of injured fans are said to be receiving treatment at the Manjeri Medical College and Hospital, with others who didn’t suffer severe injuries treated on the pitch. 

It was also reported that children are among those to have been injured.

A preliminary investigation found that rainfall had made the stand less secure, India Ahead News reported a police official as saying.

The broadcaster said that people had suffered leg fractures and spinal injuries.

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Through the love of pleasure, horse racing, cardplaying, cricket and football matches, the intellect is enfeebled. Is this the way in which Christ would have those formed in His image devote their time? God has given man faculties to cultivate, improve, expand, elevate and ennoble. But too often these faculties are laid as a freewill offering upon Satan’s altar. Thus men make it impossible to prepare for the future immortal life. The very duties and work given them to do in their various spheres of action is not done. 14LtMs, Ms 5, 1899, par. 7

Man is to be a partaker of the divine nature. He was created to stand in a position of holy trust as God’s steward. He is in possession of most sacred and holy responsibilities. His mind, brought into harmony with the mind of God has a rich and unexhausted field in which to work. For the proper use of his faculties, he is responsible to Him who has entrusted them to him. He is to guard every avenue of the soul, lest Satan remove the fortifications and obtain the victory.
Man is God’s property, and he is to strive to reach the highest point of excellence by using all the means within his reach. He will receive much if he is faithful over little things, and so closely follows the Lord’s plan that he knows nothing of defeat or failure. 14LtMs, Ms 5, 1899, par. 8 – 14LtMs, Ms 5, 1899, par. 9

  • But do not substitute play, pugilistic boxing, football, matched games, and animal exercises, for manual training. All of this stripe and type should be vigilantly prohibited from the school grounds. The Lord Jesus has a right to expect something better than these of those who profess to be obtaining an education for His service. The hours spent in relaxation from mental work should be put to account in some kind of manual training. These precious hours should not be frittered away in unprofitable games, or in engaging in courting, in cheap conversation, in jesting and joking. Satan is engaged in playing the game of life for our souls. It is his purpose to steal away one grace after another in order that he may take the citadel of the heart and reign supreme 10LtMs, Lt 27, 1895, par. 7

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