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More than a thousand Juventus fans injured in stampede in Turin

TURIN, June 4 (Reuters) - More than a thousand Juventus soccer fans watching the Champions League final on screens in one of Turin's main squares late on Saturday were injured when loud bangs created panic and mayhem.

Around 1,400 people were treated for slight injuries, Italian media reported. About seven people were seriously hurt, including a seven-year-old boy who was trampled.

Thousands of fans had gathered to watch the Champions League final on a giant screen in San Carlo Square. The match, between Turin club Juventus and Real Madrid, was being played in Cardiff, Wales.

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Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A Juventus' fan is helped to walk as the fans gathered in San Carlo Square run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 Juventus' fans run away from San Carlo Square following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A Juventus' fan receives first aids as the fans gathered in San Carlo Square run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 Juventus' fans run away from San Carlo Square following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A cardboard shaping the Champions League cup is seen on the ground left in San Carlo Square by crowd gather to watch the match and ran away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 San Carlo Square is seen as Juventus' fan run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A Juventus' fan receives first aids as the fans gathered in San Carlo Square run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A Juventus' fan sits injured as the fans gathered in San Carlo Square run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 Juventus' fans run away from San Carlo Square following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 Juventus' fans run away from San Carlo Square following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A Juventus' fan receives first aids as the fans gathered in San Carlo Square run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
Football Soccer - Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final - San Carlo Square, Turin, Italy - June 3, 2017 A Juventus' fan walks injured as the fans gathered in San Carlo Square run away following panic created by the explosion of firecrackers as they was watching the match on a giant screen. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
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During the second half of the match, which Real Madrid went on to win 4-1, video cameras showed a sudden rush in the middle of the crowd in San Carlo square, and then a violent surge that flung people against barriers.

Many fans then began to run out of the center of the square, screaming in fear.

The panic may have been started by the explosion of a loud firecracker that was mistaken for a bomb, a Reuters witness said. Police were still investigating what set off the stampede.

Afterwards shoes, beer bottles and bags littered the ground, people were seen limping and searching desperately for friends and relatives, the witness said.

Police set up an information point to help people find their loved ones, including many children who had been separated from their parents.

The mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, who had returned from watching the match in Cardiff, held a meeting with police on Sunday morning.

She was then due to visit the local hospital where the seven-year-old boy was being treated. His condition, after suffering injuries to his head and torso, is described as serious but stable.

(Reporting by Gabriele Pili in Turin and Steve Scherer in Rome, writing by Steve Scherer,; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Susan Fenton)

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