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At least 8 killed in Senegal soccer stampede

At least 8 killed in Senegal soccer stampede”

The stadium in the capital, Dakar, was "full to bursting" for the league cup final between US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, a reporter at the stadium said.

With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Mbour scored in the first period of extra time to win 2-1, and violence broke out at the final whistle.

Witnesses said the wall at the stadium collapsed as police also fired tear gas.

Players were told by French referee Tony Chapron to return to the dressing rooms before he chose to end the fixture.

US Ouakam have been suspended by Senegal's Football Federation (FSF) following a stampede which resulted in the deaths of eight fans.

Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among those killed. The light will be cast on this tragedy.

A ban on sports and cultural activities has been announced leading up to parliamentary elections on July 30.

Earlier this month, eight people died in a stampede at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe as people arrived to celebrate Malawi's 53rd anniversary of independence.

State-run television station TPA reported football fans did not follow security instructions and tried to enter the stadium through one gate to watch the match between Santa Rita de Cássia and Recreativo do Libolo.

A number of fire engines and ambulances remained at the scene following the incident as those injured were taken to nearby health facilities.



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