Senegal's US Ouakam to appeal seven-year ban

Senegal's US Ouakam to appeal seven-year ban

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 14:00

The Senegalese Professional Football League (LSFP) have handed a seven-year ban to Union Sportive (US) Ouakam.

This was after the crowd trouble which left eight people dead during the League Cup final against Stade de Mbour on 15 July 2017.

According to BBC Africa, LSFP's disciplinary committee said it holds US Ouakam "exclusively responsible" for the tragedy at the Stade Demba Diop.

The Dakar-based side have also been demoted to the lowest tier of Senegalese football at the end of their seven-year suspension.

Furthermore, Ouakam have also been issued with a fine of 10 million francs (CFA) with Stade de Mbour being awarded the trophy as winners.

The tragedy started moments after Stade de Mbour, who were the visitors, took a 2-1 lead in extra-time. As a result, the wall collapsed following fighting between fans.

Abdou Aziz Guèye, the Ouakam club president, has told the media that they will appeal the decision.

"We are going to appeal this penalty, which seems to us to be heavy and disproportionate, the Commission has been too heavy handed," Gueye said.

"We are not sure that these kinds of sanctions will put an end to the violence in our country."

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