Eight people have lost their lives and more than 40 others are injured after a wall collapsed at Demba Diop Stadium. The collapse happened at the end of the League Cup final, which got out of control when fighting started between fans.
Match Goes To Extra Time
The game finished 1-1 and went into extra time, with football club Stade de Mbour scoring in the first period. The club won the game 2-1 but violence broke out between fans after the game. Police used tear gas against the fans fighting at the stadium but the chaos led to a stampede. Fans trying to escape climbed walls to get out of the stadium.
Police Try To Break Up The Fighting
One witness, whose friend died in the incident, told the AFP news agency that when the wall fell, they knew that some of their own had lost their lives because it fell right on them. Eight people lost their lives and more than 40 others were injured when the wall collapsed. The news were confirmed by the Sports Minister, who spoke to Reuters by phone. According to him, the confusion between the fighting and tear gas to stop it led to a stampede.
According to local media, firefighters and ambulances were at the scene right after the incident. Pictures show fans sitting on the field as they wait for the situation to calm down. A spokesman for the president said campaigning for the elections would be suspended tomorrow as a sign of respect.
It is the second deadly incident at a football stadium in Africa this year. In February, 17 people lost their lives when they tried to get into a football stadium in Angola. The crowd reportedly stormed the gates of the stadium before the match. The incident also left dozens of people injured.