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Senegal suspend sports events after tragedy

Senegal suspend sports events after tragedy
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Authorities in Senegal 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.

No sports or cultural events will take place in the west African nation until after the elections on 30 July as the government attempts to avoid a repeat of the weekend's tragedy.

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, and as supporters fled, a wall collapsed, leaving eight people, including a small girl, dead and 88 injured, according to local authorities.

"I have ordered the immediate opening of a rigourous enquiry which will allow the placing of responsibility, to identify those at fault and transmit without delay the conclusions of the enquiry to the judicial authorities," President Macky Sall said on Sunday, adding "sport is not an area in which violence should be expressed."

A meeting of the Senegalese football league, headed by its president Saer Seck, on Sunday studied reports of the incident from the police, the clubs, the referee and the match organisers.

"We have already been trying to take a number of measures for some time now, we have 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 are taking stock of that."

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