The president of Alianza FC, Pedro Hernandeztwo managers and two other people were arrested in El Salvador for being the alleged perpetrators of the tragedy that occurred on Saturday at the Cuscatlán Stadium, where 12 fans died and hundreds were injured, the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) reported this Thursday. .
The detainees, in addition to Hernández, are the Alianza Security and Financial managers, Edwin Abarca Ventura and Zoila Cordova, respectively.
They were also arrested Reynaldo Avelar Contrerasmanager of the company Estadios Deportivos de El Salvador (EDESSA), in charge of the administration of the Cuscatlán stadium, and Samuel Garcia Montano, keeper of the keys of the stadium.
These people will be accused in the coming days, according to the Public Ministry, for the crimes of manslaughter, culpable injuries and public havoc.
The causes of the tragedy
The FGR pointed out that, according to the investigations, “the doors enabled (in the stadium) were not enough for the number of fans” and that “those only accesses, moreover, were not opened sufficiently in advance for an orderly and safe entry.”
The FGR pointed out that “the organizers, upon exhausting the tickets available for the sporting event, decided to illegally sell tickets issued for previous matches.”
“Negligence and greed” for overselling tickets
The source added that “the negligence in the organization and greed, when overbooking, generated a human avalanche that caused loss of life, as well as injuries and jeopardizing the safety of attendees.”
It is not known at this time if the attorney general, Rodolfo Delgado, or another authority of the Prosecutor’s Office will hold a press conference to give more details about the arrests and the investigation of the fact.
Nor has it been specified when the detainees will be transferred to the corresponding courts.
On Saturday night, Alianza FC and Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos (FAS) played the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Clausura tournament at the Cuscatlán stadium. The game was suspended after the head referee was told of a human stampede in the general south side of the stadium.
The 12 people who died were fans of Alianza, representative of the capital San Salvador.
The death of these 12 people, which has become the greatest sports tragedy in the Central American country, has dismayed the Salvadoran population in general and has touched national football lovers more strongly.