The Russian winter set in early in , making the stone steps of the East Sector of the Lenin Stadium extremely icy. Since no more than 15, Spartak fans and a hundred or so hardy Dutch spectators had come to the match, the stadium authorities crammed them into a single section of the ground, leaving terraces of the remaining three-quarters of the stadium empty and pristinely snowy-white. It was to prove a fateful decision. I was visiting my students in Moscow and went along to cheer on the team I had played for twice and had supported for 20 years.
The contrast between the hot, humid August of and the freezing October of could not have been greater. I shivered to the end, only warmed by Edgar Gess putting our 'Reds' in the lead. Just before the final whistle, several hundred fans had sensibly decided to leave and take an early underground train home from the Lenin Hills station.
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But Spartak scored a second goal in injury time, through Sergei Shvetsov. Many of the departing fans descending the icy steps of the gangway and hurrying inside the dark tunnel did what many others would have done. Hearing the roar that greeted the second goal, they rushed back to join in the celebrations. As they did so, they ran into a wall of Spartak fans on their way out.
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Some witnesses say the militia would not let the returning spectators back into the stadium, so they were stuck in the tunnel, unable to move back or forward. Because the stadium authorities had closed other tunnel exits, hundreds were caught on icy steps, stumbling and slipping in the darkness.
It was horrific - they were trampled to death. Away from the darkened terraces, few could see what was going on. The foreigners were quickly ushered away from the stadium through swiftly opened side exits.
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Yes, I heard muffled screams, saw panic-stricken Spartak fans slipping and sliding and falling on the gangways; and saw and heard fleets of ambulances converging on the Eastern Sector of the ground. But nobody seemed to know what was happening or how serious the situation was.
Rumours abounded, but then they always did in Moscow. One year-old who lived to tell the tale was future tennis star Andrei Chesnokov. He provides an eyewitness account of the disaster: To save myself I vaulted over a barrier, stepping through row upon row of bodies. Some put out their hands, crying, "Help me!
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But he was dead. I saw at least a hundred bodies laid out in rows on the running track at the bottom of the gangway. Another young boy, Alexander Prosvetov, now correspondent of Sport-Express, was there to support Spartak. I was lucky, being a long way from the gangway. But I knew something terrible had happened.
The next day Moscow's evening paper Vechernaya Moskva contained a short cryptic note following its match report: After the football match, some spectators were injured. Not that day, not the next, nor the next week, next month, next year.
Under an ailing President Leonid Brezhnev - he was to die 21 days later - the communist leadership dithered and could not bring itself to admit to bad news. So, like the victims, the news was smothered. According to the testimony of some of the victims' relatives, the bodies were removed as quickly as possible and the families given no more than 40 minutes to pay their last respects before the dead were buried in a mass funeral. Some relatives claimed that the police had warned them not to speak of the tragedy - especially to foreigners - on pain of imprisonment.
No more Spartak matches were scheduled for late October to stop families laying flowers or otherwise marking their loss. Four months later, on 8 February , a trial took place to apportion blame or, rather, to find a scapegoat. The unfortunate accused was the stadium chief, Panchikhin, who had only been in the job just two-and-a-half months. Most online sources that discuss trampling note that because the act of being trampled upon can be very painful, it has close links and associations with sexual sadism and sexual masochism. The Wikipedia entry claims that:.
As far as I am aware, no empirical research has ever been carried out on trampling fetishes so we have no idea how prevalent or widespread the activity is. Typically, he walks into a public meeting place such as a bar or nightclub carrying a carpet under his arm. The edges of his customized carpet are sewn together in the shape of a cylinder. This allows Georgio to slip in and out of the carpeted tube easily.
He then stays wrapped up inside the carpet for up to four hours at a time the longest stint being 11 hours.
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Georgio told Semple that his fascination for being trampled up began in early childhood and became of central part of role-playing games he engaged in as a child:. The more people who pile on [me], the better. The higher they jump, the better. Georgio claims the behaviour only becomes a sexual fetish when beautiful women step on him. When men or plain looking women stomp on him he still finds it enjoyable but not sexually stimulating.
Here are a few admissions that I collated:. These accounts are typical of those I came across and many simply do not know how or why their fetish started. Others relate it back to very specific childhood incidents and suggest the fetish developed as part of a behavioural conditioning process i. The fetish also appears to have behavioural and psychological overlaps with crush fetishism and macrophilia deriving sexual pleasure and arousal by the the thought of being stepped on by a giant.
However, crush fetishists and macrophiles claim their fetishes and paraphilic interests are distinct from trampling fetishes. This appears to be confirmed by potential Wikipedia authors debating the entry on crush fetishes. As one contributor asserts:.
It is NOT similar to or derived from the crush fetish. More specifically, a non-scientific survey carried out on the Mistress Destiny website asked its readers: No information was given as to how many people participated but the very precise percentages suggests that hundreds if not thousands of people responded to the survey although the respondents were self-selected and we have know way of knowing how representative the participants were of either the general public or a particular fetishistic sub-group. I suspect that the only way that trampling fetishes will be studied empirically is part of a wider study on sadomasochistic practices.
Bartender, make it a stiletto. New York Times, June Interview with a trampler. I too like to be trampled however I only have done so on one occasion not something that you feel comfortable expressing. Did you ever get to trample a man. I am into using a cock box and woman trampling my bits in different heels ie thin erdges to stilettos. The feeling of the crush when its erect is the best. After several months corresponding with a man who admitted he was into trampling.
My experience was that he wanted to be trampled but did not enjoy having sex. In fact made all kinds of reasons not to kiss.
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I really liked this man but he was not what he had portrayed himself to be. Of course all men are different, but I would say a lot will like trample and worshipping your feet as a foreplay to sex etc. A trampling fetish might also originate from sensory processing issues. Often, but not always, it occurs together with autism or other development disorders. Many paeple affected like feeling pressure on their body, it calms them down and helps relaxing. I really liked the thought of getting stepped or sat on by other guys. But I think for some people a trampling fetish might originate from sensory issues in the childhood and persist as an adult.
Though recently she gets mad at me if I ask her to trample me.
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