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Fifa extends Ivory Coast inquiry

Fans outside the stadium before the tragedy in Ivory Coast
Fans outside the stadium before the tragedy in Ivory Coast

Fifa has decided to extend its investigation into the Ivory Coast stadium tragedy where 19 supporters died in Abidjan in March.

The crush occurred when thousands of fans massed outside the Felix Boigny stadium before a World Cup qualifier.

Fifa will interview members of the Ivorian Football Federation, police and other local and national organisations.

"Fifa's aim is to establish the chain of events prior to the match," said world football's governing body.

The Fifa statement added: "Where there are confirmed cases of security issues, the kick-off of forthcoming matches should be delayed.

"The match commissioner and referees should therefore not start a match unless security is established outside the stadia and spectators have taken their seats."

The measures will be in place for all games in the next round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in June.

Fifa has not given a deadline for the conclusion of the investigation.



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