Senegalese top flight side Union Sportive Ouakam will be out of action for the next seven years according a disciplinary decision by the Senegalese Professional Football League (LSFP). Ouakam, it has been decided, bear the responsibility for the death of eight fans after crowd violence turned ugly last month at the Stade Demba Diop in Dakar- the very home venue for Ouakam.
Stade de Mbour were visitors on the day (July 15th) and had held the hosts to a 1-1 draw till the latter stages of extra time in a Cup final when Mbour took the lead. According to witnesses called upon by the country's FA, Ouakam fans started pelting stones and other projectiles moments after the visitors had taken the lead. Apart from the eight lives lost on the day, further casualties were reported as the stadium wall had also crumbled.
7 years out of action does not seem to be welcome at Oukam though- and they insist they are going to appeal
''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 Gueye is quoted by the BBC.
At the time of the ban, Ouakam lie 8th on the 14- team Ligue 1 log and are two points ahead Stade de Mbour. The 7- year ban overrules the initial indefinite suspension that had been handed to the club.
-The second Footage Shows Moment of Wall Collapse