Tragic ! Eight Football Fans Die As Wall Collapses At Demba Diop Stadium In Dakar

Tragic scenes have befallen football once again after a stadium wall collapsed at Demba Diop Stadium in Dakar (Senegal) after a fight broke out in the stands.

The incident happened during a game League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam. Police fired tear gas at clashing supporters from both teams who were throwing projectiles, and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush.

At 2-1 during extra time, US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans, causing spectators to begin vacating their seats in a rush, an AFP news agency journalist at the scene said.

Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed as police started firing tear gas.

One witness said: “All of a sudden, the wall fell. We knew some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people.”

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As many as eight have been confirmed dead, while at least  60 people were injured. And with such a tragedy, the match had to be abandoned even though Stade de Mbour were leading 2-1.

According to sports minister, Matar Ba, a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar. He vowed, “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal”.

 

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