At least 25 hurt as football stadium barrier collapses in Amiens

Twenty-nine fans were hurt five of them seriously when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal

The casualties - three of them seriously hurt - have been evacuated from Amiens' 12,000 capacity Stade de la Licorne during their Ligue 1 clash with Lille.

The match was abandoned as a result.

The section of the stadium where the incident happened held Lille fans, who were celebrating the match's opening goal during the 15th minute.

Emergency services were swiftly on the scene to attend to the injured while the match was suspended.

The game was called off following a meeting of security officials.

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Four Lille supporters have been seriously injured and hospitalized after a fraction of a sector has collapsed last night during the game between Amiens and Lille from the Franch League 1.

"We are thinking strongly and primarily of our supporters", Lille CEO Marc Ingla wrote in a series of tweets.

Lille's official Twitter account posted a more positive update on Sunday, saying: "Six people are still hospitalised this Sunday morning, but the news is reassuring".

The LFP expresses its solidarity with the injured and their families. "We hope that's not too bad" following the incident.

Amiens president Bernard Joanni placed the blame on Lille supporters, claiming they purposely put excess pressure on the barrier.

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