|[Published: Sunday October 14 2012]
Riot halts Senegal-Ivory Coast football match
Dakar, 14 Oct - (ANA) - A crucial Africa Cup of Nations football match between Senegal and Ivory Coast has been abandoned after fans rioted at a stadium in Dakar. Home fans started fires in the stands and threw objects on the pitch as Senegal were losing 2-0, a result which would have eliminated the team. Ivorian fans jumped down on the pitch to escape the violence. The fans and the Ivorian players were then escorted by police, who fired tear gas into the packed stands. Reports say about 10 people - including Senegalese Sports Minister Hadji Malick Gakou - were injured in the violence on the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium.
The violence erupted after Ivorian striker Didier Drogba had scored his second goal from the penalty spot, with about 15 minutes left to play. The result would have extended Ivory Coast's overall lead to 6-2 in the two-leg tie. "Food, drinks and anything that could be thrown was being thrown on to the pitch, from all angles," Chris Fuglestad, a US student studying in Dakar, told the BBC. Reports say clashes continued on the streets outside the stadium. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has so far made no public comments on the issue. But a Senegalese official was quoted as saying that the team would now be sanctioned by the Caf. (ANA)
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