Eight football fans die as stadium wall collapses


A wall collapsed onto fans as they tried to flee the panic created by projectiles being thrown, while police have defended their behaviour among the confusion, when tear gas was sacked.

A wall collapsed yesterday at Demba Diop stadium as people attempted to leave after the game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, APS reported, adding many more were injured.

Ambulances and fire trucks transported around 60 victims to hospitals.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has expressed its condolences following a fatal stampede at a football stadium in Senegal on Saturday. Light will be shed on this tragedy, officials identified and punished.

The campaign for the legislative elections of 30 July, was suspended on Sunday, in tribute to the victims, said a spokesman for the president Macky Sall.

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"Strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal", said Ba.

According to ESPN FC, the stadium was built in the 1960s and "had raised concerns in recent years due to the antiquated nature of the structure".

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.

At least 17 people also died in a stampede in a match in Angola in February when hundreds of supporters stormed the stadium.