Football game ends in tragedy with wall collapse killing eight

Eight people died on Saturday night in Dakar, in a crowd movement that occurred after clashes between fans in the stadium, where took place the final of the Coupe de la Ligue sénégalaise de football.

The wall at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar fell as police fired tear gas and fans stampeded.

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.

After 90 minutes, with the game deadlocked at 1-1, Mbour scored, prompting angry Ouakam fans to start throwing stones at opposition supporters. “All of a sudden when the wall fell. we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their…”

Local news agency APS reported that ambulances and firefighters were at the scene.

A presidential spokesman said campaigning for Senegal’s legislative elections on July 30 had been suspended to pay respect to the stadium victims. The light will be cast on this tragedy. “Those responsible will be identified and sanctioned”, Sall on Twitter, in French.

Earlier this month, eight people were killed at in a stampede at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe as people arrived to celebrate Malawi’s 53rd anniversary of independence.

The president said in a statement Sunday he was “outraged” at the lives lost, promising better security in Senegal’s stadiums and swift justice for the families affected.