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Fans unhurt in A-L stadium fence collapse

  • Fans unhurt in A-L stadium fence collapse

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 20: A Jets fan shows their support during the round seven A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Newcastle fans have escaped serious injury after being crushed on top of each other when a McDonald Jones Stadium fence broke during an A-League goal celebration.

The concerning incident occurred right on halftime in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Perth, when Jets winger Andrew Nabbout scored to take a 2-1 lead and raced over to celebrate with active supporter base The Squadron.

But the separating fence collapsed under the weight of enthusiastic fans, with some worryingly trapped underneath other bodies.

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One crowd member was in visible distress as he tried and failed to get up off the ground while security and Jets defender Jason Hoffman approached to assist.

No one suffered serious injury during the incident, which is not the first time a fence at the venue has failed to stand strong.

Another section collapsed early in the 2013/14 season when players ran to celebrate with fans.

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