Collapsed wall kills eight at stadium in Senegal

Gwen Vasquez
July 17, 2017

The police used tear gas to disperse the supporters who had invaded the lawn, while a part of the wall supporting the terraces where there were aficionados of both camps collapsed.

Fighting had broken out between rival US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour fans.

Uganda boss Milutin Sredojevic and former Chelsea and Senegal frontman Demba Ba were among some of the high-profile personalities of African football to have paid their tributes to the victims of the disaster. The minister added a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.

"We knew some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people", said Cheikh Maba Diop, a witness who helped evacuate victims from the stadium and lost a friend in the tragedy.

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"Outraged by the incidents at the Demba Diop Stadium. Those responsible will be identified and sanctioned", Sall said in French.

The Government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.

"What I find awful is that we have this kind of final in this kind of stadium here where there isn't enough security".

In a similar incident in February, at least 17 people died and several others were injured in a stampede in Angola after hundreds of soccer fans stormed a stadium.

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