Osasuna relegated amidst barrier collapse chaos

Last Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 00:16

Pamplona: Osasuna and Valladolid were relegated to the Spanish second division on Sunday, but the final round of La Liga matches was overshadowed by the collapse of a barrier which injured 25 fans at Osasuna`s El Sadar stadium in Pamplona.

Five people were taken to hospital and a further 20 suffered minor injuries after the barrier gave way under the pressure of fans surging forward after Oriol Riera had given Osasuna the lead against already-relegated Real Betis.

The match was suspended for 35 minutes whilst the area was secured and the second-half in three other matches affecting the fight against relegation were also delayed so that all four finished at the same time.

Once play got back underway Osasuna went onto win 2-1, but it wasn`t enough to extend their 14-year stay in the Primera Division as Granada`s 1-0 victory at Valladolid thanks to Stefan Mitrovic`s own goal condemned both sides to the drop.

Getafe ensured their safety as two goals from Ciprian Marica handed them victory at Rayo Vallecano, whilst a point was enough for Almeria as they drew 0-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao.

AFP

First Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 00:16

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