Athletic Club Bilbao fans injured after guard rail collapses at Vallecas
Fans of Athletic Club Bilbao had to be treated for injuries while celebrating the club’s second goal against Rayo Vallecano after a guard rail collapsed allowing the section of fans to fall.
It was a historic night for Athletic Club Bilbao on Friday when the Basque giants defeated Rayo Vallecano 3-0 in Vallecas to secure Champions League play for the first time in 16 years, but it was also a dangerous night for the traveling supporters.
After winger Oscar de Marcos scored the club’s second goal of the night in the 30th minute, the players ran over to a section of traveling fans to celebrate which resulted in unexpected injury for a few of the Athletic supporters.
While the traveling fans were leaning on the stand’s guard rail to celebrate the goal, the railing snapped due to the pressure allowing several fans to fall forward which resulted in a few fans having to receive medical treatment for injuries that have yet to be revealed, while two fans in particular were taken to the hospital.
Luckily for everyone involved, the section where the railing gave way was located only a few inches above the ground level.
The Athletic Club players immediately stopped celebrating and rushed over to where the fans had fallen and began to help fans to their feet while stadium security also helped and made sure that the visitors were alright.
After several minutes of security failing to put the railing back up, the section was soon roped off and guarded so as to protect fans from further possible injury.
Both clubs have since announced that no one suffered any serious injury.