Senegal Sport’s Minister Matar Ba said that at least eight football (soccer fans) were killed on Saturday in a stampede during a match between two local teams at Demba Diop stadium in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. The stampede was triggered by the confusion that arose as
a fight broke out between fans of rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and police fired tear gas to break it up.
In the resulting melee at least 49 others were seriously injured as a wall collapsed at the stadium. firefighters were reportedly on the scene along with large numbers of ambulances.
Senegal’s safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year after the death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters.
At least 17 people died and scores were injured in a stampede in a match in Angola in February, when hundreds of supporters stormed the stadium.
Deadly stampedes at soccer matches have been common in Africa, where safety standards are low.