An investigation commenced in Mexico City into the stampede Sunday that killed eight and injured about 50 outside the 1968 Olympic Stadium.
A high-ranking civic official said the accident owed primarily to "overflow of passions and sports enthusiasm." But newspaper reports cited oversale of tickets, insufficient security and hundreds of disorderly youths trying to get in via the tunnel where, in panic, people fell and were trampled. The Red Cross said the dead ranged in age from 12 to 20.
With perhaps 100,000 inside the 72,212-capacity stadium, the Mexican League game went on. The American and National Autonomous University teams tied, 0-0, commentators on the live telecast never mentioning the pregame calamity . . .
A British Airtours charter jet carrying 416 people, including a soccer team present at the Bradford stadium fire May 11, ran off the runway at England's Leeds-Bradford Airport yesterday injuring eight passengers, none seriously.
"I really can't believe this happened," said player Steve Thompson, whose Lincoln club was playing at the Valley Parade Ground when a grandstand blaze killed 53 and now was returning from Spanish vacation. "Two weeks ago I saw people staggering around with flames on their backs. Now everyone has survived a plane disaster." . . .
At Giants Stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands, the ex-NASL Cosmos, embarked on an 11-game international schedule, tied world club champion Independiente of Argentina, 2-2, on Vojislav Vuckevic's header with one second left.