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article imageOne dead, 16 injured as Dutch soccer stadium collapses

By Christopher Bates     Jul 7, 2011 in Sports
Enschede - During a tragic accident in Enschede, Netherlands, one person has been killed and 16 others injured after a stand at FC Twente's stadium unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday afternoon.
De Grolsch Veste was undergoing redevelopment when the southern stand buckled, leaving 17 construction workers trapped underneath the rubble.
While it is reported that two support beams gave way, the cause it is yet to be confirmed.
Ilse Hoekstra, a spokeswoman at the scene, said that several workers suffered bone fractures; however they all underwent immediate treatment in a local hospital.
Although police have accounted for all the construction workers, searches continue for anyone who may have been at the stadium for other purposes.
In a statement issued on their official website, condolences were sent to everyone involved. "We wish everyone who is affected in any way a lot of strength and in particular we express our condolences to the families of the deceased. It is therefore impossible for us to continue our training camp in New Zealand and we cannot play against New Zealand. We did not want to remain such a distance from what happened today. The open day on July 17 will not occur and the other events in the stadium will not proceed until further notice."
FC Twente were scheduled to play a friendly match against Zeeuws Elftal on Saturday.
Since their move from the Diekman Stadion in 1998, the Tukkers have enjoyed four titles (KNVB Cup 2001, 2011, Johan Cruijff Shield 2010 and Eredivisie 2010).
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