As we reported last night, there were disturbances in Dakar when the Ivory Coast went 2-0 up in their game with Senegal, with second half goals from Didier Drogba, and then Senegalese fans set small fires in the stands and threw stuff onto the field - we suppose they were not too happy at being 6-2 down with just 14 minutes remaining of the two game tie.
Senegal fans set fires 14 minutes before the end of the game which was abandoned
The match was halted with the players and officials gathered around the center circle, and this must have gone on almost an hour before the referee abandoned the game, but the result stands and the Ivory Coast go through to the finals of African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
And Senegal will now face sanctions for the behavior of their fans last night.
Riot police were brought in and tear gas was used inside the stadium, which before fans started to stream out after Drogba’ s second goal, was packed full with some 60,000 fans.
And it seems that once the fans had left the stadium, the clashes continued in the streets – we’ve heard of bad losers but this is ridiculous.
An official at the Ivorian Embassy in Dakar, Diaby Moussa, told supersport.com the following:
“The match was halted and the Lions of Senegal will not qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.” “Senegal will now incur a sanction from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).”
Newcastle’s three African players were all caught up in the crowd trouble last night unfortunately, which hardly sheds a good light on African football.
Here’s some video of the highlights of the game:
And here’s when all the trouble started, almost immediately after Didier Drogba scored the penalty, which was his and the Ivory Coast’s second goal of the game.
Newcastle will now only lose Cheick Tiote to AFCON starting in January, and not our two Senegal strikers, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba.
That was the good news for Newcastle coming out of this game last night, but that’s not what the headlines are today.
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