1000 injured in panic after soccer game

039;Explosions' reported at Champions League fanzone in Turin

Juventus fans watching the Champions League final stampeded in a Turin piazza in panic after mistaking firecrackers for an explosion or gunshots. Many people were trampled, while others were pushed against barriers surrounding the plaza, witnesses said.

Many were treated at the scene for cuts and bruises.

The Juventus fans had gathered to watch the Cardiff match on a giant screen which had been erected in the city square.

The incident occurred with ten minutes to go in yesterday's Champions League final, in which local team Juventus lost 4-1 to Real Madrid. Believing they were bomb blasts, people took off in all directions, dropping anything they were carrying in a mad rush for safety from the perceived threat.

The collapse of a railing, combined with firecrackers being set off, is said to have generated the noise which sparked the panic.

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"I'm shocked at what happened in San Carlo Square, #Torino, and close to the people involved".

Afterwards shoes, beer bottles and bags littered the ground, people were seen limping and searching desperately for friends and relatives, the witness said.

Another fan, Agnello Vietiello, said the force of people pushing created "a jostling, just like an natural disaster". "We were buried under bodies", his sister told reporters outside the hospital where he was reported to be in a coma with chest injuries. He suffered injuries to his head and torso, and was understood to be in a serious but stable condition.

Following the match, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said: "We hope all get better soon".

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