8 dead in Senegal football stadium crush

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Senegal

MNA Sports Desk: Eight people were killed during Senegal football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday, the sports minister told to reporters.

Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.

A mass deployment of firefighters and ambulances remained at the scene late Saturday.

The stadium was full to bursting with people for the long-awaited clash between local teams US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour.

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.

Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed, while police had begun firing tear gas and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush.

Also speaking at the scene, football fan Mara Die Diouf said policing at the stadium had been inadequate.

Diouf described police retreating from an area separating the two teams’ supporters once projectiles began being thrown, triggering dangerous movements by spectators unable to defend themselves.

Campaigning for Senegal’s legislative elections due on July 30 would on Sunday be suspended in respect for the victims, said a spokesman for President Macky Sall.