US Ouakam fans running away from tear gas

US Ouakam, a Senegalese football club has been banned for 7 years after crowd violence that left 8 dead last month.

US Ouakam pelted stones at rival fans, several witnesses attest

The club has been banned by Senegalese Professional Football League (LSFP) following a disciplinary committee meeting.

The committee concluded US Ouakam “exclusively responsible” for the tragedy at the Stade Demba Diop on 15 July, as reported by BBC Sport.

The side had earlier been suspended after the stampede that injured close to 100 people with a stadium wall crumbling but all has now drastically become worse.

The AFP news agency had reported that several witnesses faulted Ouakam fans for pelting stones and other projectiles at the Mbour supporters moments after taking a 2-1 lead in extra-time.

US Ouakam have since revealed they will appeal to clear all the charges.

“We are going to appeal this penalty, which seems to us to be heavy and disproportionate, the Commission has been too heavy handed,” Club President Abdou Aziz Guèye is quoted by BBC Sport talking to local media.

“We are not sure that these kinds of sanctions will put an end to the violence in our country,” he added.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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