It should have been a day of celebration as Motagua were crowned champions in Honduras, but instead it was marred by tragedy.
According to Honduras’ national police, four people were killed and several injured in a stampede at the national stadium Sunday prior to the league final between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.
The incident occurred, police say, when a group of fans tried to enter one section of the stadium in a violent manner.
Montagua club president, Pedro Atala, said the incident was caused by false ticket sales and denied his club were responsible for overselling tickets.
“There is a joy that we cannot hide, but we also have mixed feelings,” Atala told Honduran TV.
“First and foremost, our deepest condolences to the people who died outside the stadium, due to selling of fake tickets and an increase in the number of fans that the police didn’t expect.
“We want to make clear, that at no point was there overselling of tickets. That is easy to prove.