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Fifa slaps Ivory Coast with fine

People carry an injured person after a stampede at a football stadium in  in Abijdjan, Ivory Coast ( 29 March 2009)
20 football fans died after the stampede in Abidjan

Fifa has fined the Ivorian Football Federation $47,000 following the enquiry into the stadium tragedy where 20 fans died in Abidjan in March.

Football's world governing body imposed a series of safety measures after concluding the long investigation.

Fifa also announced a donation of $96,000 to a fund set up for the families of the victims.

The safety measures will be in place for the Elephants' next round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in September.

The capacity for the match against Burkina Faso on 5 September will be set at 20,000, with a control cordon to be set up at least one kilometre from the stadium.

A separate spectator control cordon around 200 metres away will prevent non-ticket holders getting through.

"The total capacity of the stadium (34,600) will only be allowed in subsequent matches if the above-mentioned measures are applied for each match," Fifa said in a statement.

Fifa investigators spoke with Ivorian police, football and government officials but the disciplinary ruling did not blame anyone.

More than 130 people were injured as Ivory Coast beat Malawi 5-0, with a reported 36,000 trying to cram into a stadium which has a capacity of 34,600.

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



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see also
Fifa extends Ivory Coast inquiry
09 May 09 |  African
Yaya vows to reach 2010 for fans
30 Mar 09 |  African
Fans blamed for Ivorian stampede
30 Mar 09 |  Africa
In pictures: Ivory Coast stadium disaster
30 Mar 09 |  In Pictures
Eyewitness: Ivory Coast stampede
30 Mar 09 |  Africa
Footie fans die in match stampede
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