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Senegalese football chief defends security forces after stadium disaster

Senegalese football chief defends security forces after stadium disaster
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

The president of the Senegalese league, Saer Seck, has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of Saturday's Stade Demba Diop disaster and has defended the role of the security forces in the tragedy.

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 between US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour in Dakar.

Police used tear gas to disperse fans, prompting panic and, as supporters attempted to flee, a wall collapsed under pressure.

"On the security side, we took all precautions," said LSFP President Seck, in quotes shared widely in the local media, "initially in separating the two groups of supporters to neutralise them.

"We hired agents of the security forces in their numbers, and now there were fights and a collapse."

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