Police throws tear gas at fighting fans, stadium wall crumbles killing eight in Senegal

Sad stories are currently dominating the air waves in Senegal after moments of joy drastically turned into sorrow at a football match on Saturday.

Fans of rival clubs were involved in fights that caused more harm than expected.

Tears rolled down the eyes of fans after intense battles where projectiles and stones were being pelted between the clubs supporters.

This was caused by a late winner scored in extra time as Stade de Mbour were playing Union Sportive Ouakam at the Demba Diop stadium in the capital Dakar.

The score was 1-1 after 90 minutes but Mbour found the winner in extra time, forcing fans to the edge of their emotions.

People stand amid a collapsed wall at Demba Diop stadium July 15, 2017 in Dakar after a football game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour.
Eight people were killed during Senegal’s football league final in Dakar on Saturday in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match, the official APS news agency said. The wall collapse adding many more to be injured. / AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU

After the final whistle, fans stepped onto the pitch to dismantle goal posts as well as tearing the nets in anger, others attacking those supporting the rival team.

The violence invited Police according to the BBC, the armed men firing tear gas into the fans.

A large stampede ensued.  Fans were seen scrambling over a low wall amid clouds of gas before the wall collapsed on others.

Eight people lost their lives while almost 90 were injured.

“All of a sudden when the wall fell… we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly on to people,” Cheikh Maba Diop who had a friend who died in the incident told AFP news agency.

All sporting and cultural events for the rest of the month have since been cancelled.