Written by Chineze Ogugua
The Football federation in Senegal, in conjunction with the government authorities have suspended all sporting events in the country until the end of the month, after eight people were killed at a football match on Saturday.
Trouble flared at the Coupe de la Ligue final between US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour at the Stade Demba Diop in the Senegalese capital, Dakar after Mbour had taken the lead in extra-time.
Police used tear gas in an attempt to quell the violence but situation turned worse as supporters fled. A wall collapsed, leaving eight people, including a small girl, dead and 88 injured, according to local authorities.
Already, the police authorities have countered claims that they were to blame as they had vacated an area that was supposed to act as a buffer between the rival fans.
In a meeting convened by the president of the Senegalese Football Association, Saer Seck, a decision was made to suspend all matches or sporting events in the country till the elections were over.
“We’ve already been trying to take a number of measures for some time now, we’ve been staging training and awareness sessions for fans, we have been talking about training stewards,” Seck said. “We have been struck by the terrible reality. We’re taking stock of that.”
This will be the third time in 8 years, there has been a crowd chaos in a league match in Senegal.