Eight Killed During Senegal Football Match — Senegal

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"Even as I condemn violence in all its forms, I have ordered the opening of a rigorous investigation to identify those responsible", Sall said Sunday night.

The incident happened at the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam at the Demba Diop stadium on Saturday.

Clouds of tear gas surrounded the fight, causing widespread panic to the side of the stadium, with soccer fans scrambling over walls to escape.

Condoling the loss of lives in the mishap, the UEFA said in a statement: "UEFA would like to send its condolences to the Senegalese Football Federation following the tragic events which occurred at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar on Saturday evening (July 15)".

Tears rolled down the eyes of fans after intense battles where projectiles and stones were being pelted between the clubs supporters.

At least 49 were seriously injured in the confusion while firefighters were on the scene along with large numbers of ambulances
At least 49 were seriously injured in the confusion while firefighters were on the scene along with large numbers of ambulances

Sports Minister Matar Ba promised "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal". The light will be cast on this tragedy.

Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to attend to the victims, while police used tear gas to disperse the large crowd.

This resulted in a section of a wall falling, killing eight and injuring up to 60 more - who have subsequently been taken to receive medical treatment.

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