Porto vs Estoril clash abandoned amid fears over collapse of stand

Porto vs Estoril clash abandoned amid fears over collapse of stand

- Porto's clash with Estoril cancelled as fans flocked unto the pitch

- There were fears that the away stand at Estoril's ground was about to give way

- The Estádio António Coimbra da Mot of Porto's opponent was built in 1939

- The encounter was delayed at half-time as Estoril led 1 - 0

Porto's Primeria Liga clash with Estoril on Sunday, January 14, was abandoned amid fears one of the stands was about to collapse.

The two sides were facing off at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mot which was built in 1939 but the away stand was recently constructed.

Porto vs Estoril clash abandoned amid fears over collapse of stand

The away stand almost gave way and could have crushed the Porto fans. Photo: Mirror UK

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Late in the first half, cracks began to appear in the foundation of the stands with police and security officials urging supporters to move out of the stand.

Porto vs Estoril clash abandoned amid fears over collapse of stand

Fans began leaving the away stand after seeing cracks. Photo: Mirror UK

Around 2,500 away supporters who were in the stand for clash fled onto the pitch with others joining the Estoril fans in the home end.

It was however understood that the numbers led to concerns regarding over-crowding.

Porto vs Estoril clash abandoned amid fears over collapse of stand

Every man for his life here. Photo: The Mirror

The encounter was delayed at half-time as Estoril sought advice from security and police forces inside the ground.

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After a long delay, it was decided the game could not go ahead as the necessary security conditions had not been met.

Porto vs Estoril clash abandoned amid fears over collapse of stand

Porto fans flocked to the pitch in a bid to avoid the crisis. Photo: The Mirror UK

Estoril led 1-0 at the time of the postponement after Eduardo's early strike.

The second-half of the encounter could be played on Tuesday, January 16, although there is no way the stand will be fixed in time.

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Source: Naija.ng

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