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Eight confirmed dead after Senegal stadium brawl

Eight confirmed dead after Senegal stadium brawl
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

African football is once again waking up to news of another stadium tragedy after eight people were confirmed dead and a further 49 injured after a wall collapsed following a fight between rival fans during the Senegalese League Cup final at the Stade Demba Diop in Dakar.

A brawl began among supporters during the match between US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour on Saturday evening, with police using tear gas to disperse the fans, according to BBC Sport.

This prompted panic and, as fans attempted to flee the stadium, a wall collapsed under the pressure, crushing supporters.

The stadium was built during the 1960s, and had raised concerns in recent years due to the antiquated nature of the structure.

Image du mur qui s'est affaiss au stade Demba Diop.
Bilan provisoire: 8 morts pic.twitter.com/T3tehgbCRs

- Galsenfoot.com(@Galsenfoot) July 15, 2017

As seen on footage by local broadcaster TM2, spectators were throwing stones and other projectiles, with local news agency Agence de Presse Senegalaise reporting that firemen and ambulances were called to the stadium.

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