Fan riots halt Senegal-Ivory Coast soccer match

  • An Africa Cup of Nations soccer match between Senegal and Ivory Coast was abandoned on Saturday after fans rioted at a stadium in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

    Fans of the home side set fires in the stands and threw objects onto the pitch as Senegal were losing 2-0, a result which would have eliminated the team.

    Ivorian fans were seen jumping on the pitch to flee the violence.

    Police, who fired tear gas into the stands in order to disperse the crowds, escorted the fans and the Ivorian players. The clashes continued on the streets outside the stadium.

    According to local media reports, around ten people, including Senegalese Sports Minister Hadji Malick Gakou, were injured in the riots at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium.

    The violence erupted after Ivorian striker Didier Drogba scored his second goal from the penalty spot, with about 15 minutes left to play.

    The score would have extended Ivory Coast's overall lead to 6-2 in the two-leg tie.

    The Confederation of African Football has not yet issued a public statement on the matter.