Five people were injured in a stampede when David Beckham visited Tongji University football stadium in Shanghai on Thursday afternoon.
The stampede happened after the gate to the stadium was opened, and the assembled crowd, which perhaps numbered 1,000, surged inside. The university has said that two security guards, two police officers, and one student were injured.
Beckham is in Shanghai as part of a 7-day tour of China as the Chinese Super League’s global football ambassador. As part of the event at Tongji, Beckham was scheduled to meet the university’s football team. The event was canceled a few minutes after it was due to start because of the stampede.
One of the players on the university team, Tony Ma, said, “We were stunned by the female fans who came for the handsome face rather than the sport.”
Echoing that sentiment, an unnamed teacher who helped organize the event said, “We underestimated the enthusiasm of the fans, particularly some over-excited young women.”
Right. Let’s blame hysterical women, and not the people whose job it was to organise (and control the crowds at) an event featuring a hugely popular superstar. It’s not like football fans ever do crazy things, right?
[Image credit: Xinhua // Video via: Beijing Cream]