Senegalese top tier side Union Sportive Ouakam has had its five year ban lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). The ban was imposed in July of last year after crowd trouble involving their fans in a League Cup final resulted to the death of at least eight people. The club will only pay a fine of Kshs, 97,000.
The Dakar based club were playing against Stade de Mbour at the Demba Diop stadium when a section of the crowd started throwing projectiles against one another after the match had ended 2-1 in favour of Stade after extra time.
In the ensuing melee a perimeter wall collapsed leading to the death of at least eight people as well as over 90 casualties.
The initial ban was for seven years as well as an $18,500 (Kshs, 19 million) fine and demotion to the fourth tier but in September the Disciplinary Committee of the Senegalese Football League reduced the suspension to five years.
Now CAS has ruled that US Ouakam cannot be held solely responsible for the tragedy and so it has gone ahead to lift the ban allowing also the club to continue in the topflight instead of suffering demotion.
The fine has also been reduced to $950 (Kshs, 97, 000).
"CAS has established that US Ouakam cannot be held solely responsible for the tragic events," part of the court’s ruling says.
Current Everton FC striker Oumar Niasse is the club’s most popular export. He led the side to the 2011 league title which is their sole triumph to date.