8 Deaths, Many Injured in Soccer Stadium Collapse — Senegal

8 Deaths, Many Injured in Soccer Stadium Collapse — Senegal

A fight broke out between fans of rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and police fired tear gas to break it up.

Coming home to The Gambia, we should draw some lessons from this tragic happening in our neighbours' yard and try to put all necessary measures in place to guard against it, for we do experience some amount of hooliganism here and there from football fans for one reason or the other.

Spokesman for the prime minister, said a judicial inquiry will be opened to investigate the tragedy.

A stampede at a soccer stadium in Senegal killed at least eight people Saturday, the country's sports minister said. The light will be cast on this tragedy.

The Government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.

Uganda boss Milutin Sredojevic and former Chelsea and Senegal frontman Demba Ba were among some of the high-profile personalities of African football to have paid their tributes to the victims of the disaster.

Moments before the trouble began, a group of spectators outside the ground climbed over perimeter fencing and entered the stadium. What do you tell the victims, that the stadium was filled?

Mara Die Diouf, a football fan present at the stadium, told the AFP news agency that policing at the stadium was inadequate.