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Football matches on hold after fatal stampede — Senegal

18 Julio 2017

The world of African football is in mourning once again following the latest tragedy to hit the continental game, after eight football fans were killed when a wall collapsed during the Senegalese League Cup final on Saturday.

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

Pictures were posted on social media appearing to show fans climbing over a low wall, with gas clouds in the air.

Sports minister Matar Ba has vowed to take "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal".

"All of a sudden the wall fell. we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people", said Cheikh Maba Diop, an eye witness. The light will be cast on this tragedy.

A stampede then led to the wall collapsing as fans tried to flee the stadium, however, leaving eight dead and many more seriously injured.

A spokesman for Sall said campaigning for upcoming elections would be suspended Sunday.

Local news agency APS reported that ambulances and firefighters were at the scene. What do you tell the victims, that the stadium was filled?

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.

Football matches on hold after fatal stampede — Senegal