Almost 50 One Direction fans injured in rush at gig in Peru

Nearly 50 children treated for asphyxia at stadium show in Lima on Sunday (April 27)

Nearly 50 fans were injured during a One Direction concert in Peru on Sunday (April 27).

The band were in South America to play the second date of their world tour and were playing at the 40,000 capacity Estadio Nacional stadium in Lima. Police claim that a rush to get near to the band led to 47 fans being treated for asphyxia.

Sky News quotes Chief of police General Salvador Iglesias as saying that “when the concert doors opened there was a rush as youngsters scrambled to get to the front”.

Meanwhile, Mario Cassareto, head of Peru’s fire service, said young fans had to be taken away from the stage and balcony area to get medical help. “We treated 47 children aged 12 to 15 for symptons of asphyxia. Everything is under control. We have nothing to be ashamed of, we’ve handled the situation well,” he told Peruvian radio.

A spokesman for the band said: “The band’s management employ, in their touring party, the very best crowd control and advance security specialists who plan in advance and on the day with all the relevant local experts and services including police, fire, medical, the venue and the promoter.”

One Direction’s tour continues in Chile, where the band will play two shows at the national stadium in Santiago.