By Annie Reuter
Over the weekend, tents were used as emergency treatment centers at Estadio Nacional stadium in Lima after concertgoers rushed to get close to the front of the 40,000 capacity stadium.
While One Direction urged the crowd to calm down during their performance, the pushing never stopped, and up to 47 fans were treated after the show.
“We treated 47 children aged 12 to 15 for symptoms of asphyxia,” Mario Cassareto, the head of Peru’s fire service, told Peruvian radio.
According to Sky News, One Direction repeatedly warned fans to calm down or they would be forced to end their concert early.
“If you don’t want anyone to take us off the stage, make sure you stay back,” Niall Horan told fans.
While this is certainly not the first time fans have been injured at a show, normally it’s the band put at risk. Late last year, 1D’s Harry Styles won a court case against paparazzi. Photographers were ordered to stop pursuing Styles by car or motorcycle in the UK and cannot loiter within 50 meters of his home.
“This is not a privacy injunction,” his lawyer David Sherborne said. “Mr. Styles is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos. He remains happy to do that, as he always has. Rather, it is the method or tactics which have been used by a certain type of photographer.”