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Senegal experiences Accra Sport Stadium (Ohene Djan) May 9 disaster.

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The Stadium wall in Dakar collapsed as rival fans clashed and police fired tear gas during a SenegalĀ  football league final in Dakar in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match.

Witnesses said at least eight people have died and more than 50 were injured after a stadium wall collapse and stampede at a soccer match in the Senegalese capital.

Those present said fighting broke out late Friday between rival fans of US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. And the wall at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar collapsed as police also fired tear gas.

The Stadium wall in Dakar collapsed as rival fans clashed and police fired tear gas during a Senegal football league final in Dakar in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match.

Government spokesman Seydou Gueye on Sunday condemned the violence, adding that authorities moved the injured to hospitals around Dakar. He said an investigation will be opened into the incident.

A similar incident occurred at the Ohene Djan stadium the then Accra Sports Stadium in May 9, 2001 during a football match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko which took 127 lives making it the worst stadium disaster to have ever taken place in Africa.

Meanwhile the government of Senegal has announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the legislative campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.

 

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