Congo paper: entire soccer team killed by lighting bolt during game
(Correction: A reader had sent me the linked article, and I missed its date: 1998. Still, it’s such a remarkable story that I will leave it up, and maybe we’ll find out if it really happened.)
But the details are sketchy. The story says the lighting hit during a match, when the score was tied 1-1. This doesn’t make sense. Soccer players are spread all over the field, with the players of the two teams mixed together. How could all the players of one team be killed, and none of the players of the other team? This is too strange, and I would not accept it as true until there is a fuller report on it.
Lightning kills football team
Al H. writes:
Something seemed familiar about the Congolese Soccer story then when I searched it saw it was from 1998.James S. writes:
Lawrence, Very bizarre story. I read somewhere a guess that one team was wearing metal spikes and the other plastic cleats and that the electricity was able to travel throughout the field because it was wet. Also, note the story is from 1998.LA writes:
This definitely happened. It was featured on the Urban Legends TV series and was confirmed as true. It was because one team had steel cleats and the others had plastic cleats.The reader who originally sent the story writes:
Sorry about the old soccer/lightning story - it had been posted as new news, missed the date.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 10, 2010 10:52 AM | Send