30 injured in Juventus fan panic after bomb scare

Doug Mendoza
June 4, 2017

Juventus fans leave San Carlo's square at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

During the Champions League final over 400 people were injured in a stampede due to a false alarm that caused panic among fans in Italia's Turin city where Juventus supporters were watching the final against Real Madrid on giant television screens.

Bags and shoes were left scattered on the ground as people ran screaming out of the square.

At least one person was carried away on a stretcher, and ambulances and firefighters were at the scene.

Early reports vary on the source of the "explosion" with some suggesting the noise was a banger or firecracker that alarmed fans.

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Other reports said that someone had yelled "bomb" as a joke.

Witnesses said there was a loud bang that sparked the panic.

Within minutes, dazed fans in Juve's trademark black and white jerseys returned and milled about the piazza amid the broken bottles and garbage littering the cobblestones.

During the second half of the match, which local club Juventus went on to lose 1-4 to Real Madrid, video cameras show a sudden rush in the middle of the crowd that caused a surge that flung people against barriers.

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