San Salvador, May 24 (EFE).- The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) has not yet reported on the progress of the investigation being carried out into the death of 12 fans at the Cuscatlán Stadium, in the capital of San Salvador, four days after the event that has dismayed a large part of the population.
The head of the Public Ministry, Rodolfo Delgado, pointed out last Saturday night, the day a human stampede occurred at the sports venue that also left hundreds injured, that the event would be investigated.
Delgado pointed out on Monday, through messages on Twitter, that “the work is progressing”, without providing further details, and that “our mission is to do justice on behalf of the victims.”
He recalled that “the only institution that has the constitutional mandate to establish and investigate the facts is the FGR” and stressed that “it will be the investigative procedures that allow us to determine responsibilities.”
Twelve deceased in the Cuscatlán Stadium
On Saturday night, the Alianza and Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos (FAS) clubs played the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Clausura tournament in Cuscatlán. The game was suspended after the head referee was informed of a stampede in the general south side of the stadium.
The 12 people who died were fans of the Alianza, representative of the capital.
As EFE has learned, the remains of three of the twelve victims have already been buried, while the injured who were transferred to the San Salvador hospital have already been discharged, according to the Health authorities.
The Salvadoran Football Federation (Fesfut) affirmed on Tuesday that its authorities are collaborating with the investigations and its Disciplinary Commission has already sanctioned and fined the two teams.
Sanctions for Alliance
Alianza must pay, no later than July 21, a fine of $30,000 (27,846.10 euros) for not guaranteeing “forceful” security measures on game day, since the club was playing at home.
The Commission determined on Monday night that Alianza, due to “its status as a local club, failed to comply with the obligations” imposed by the Disciplinary Code of Salvadoran soccer “by not applying adequate security standards to guarantee order in the stadium and the normal development of the game”.
In addition, it also established that in the following two Alianza tournaments it would play its home matches behind closed doors and granted FAS the victory of the match in which the tragedy occurred and a pass to the semifinals.
The leaders of Alianza did not receive any sanction from said Commission, which has generated criticism from fans and sports experts in the country.
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.