Senegal banned from Africa Cup of Nations after riot

  • Senegal have been disqualified from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after a riot led to the abandonment of Saturday's home tie with Ivory Coast.

    The match in Dakar was called off after 74 minutes, with Ivory Coast up 2-0 on the night and 6-2 ahead on aggregate.

    Fans of the home side set fires in the stands and threw objects onto the pitch as Ivorian fans were seen jumping on the pitch to flee the violence.

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially confirmed the result as a 2-0 win for Ivory Coast, sending them through to next year's tournament.

    The CAF says its decision to ban Senegal is in accordance with the provisions of article 16 paragraph 20 of their regulations of the competition.

    "If the referee is forced to stop the match before the end of the regular time because of invasion of the field or aggression against the visiting team, the host team shall be considered loser and shall be eliminated from the competition, without prejudice to the sanctions existing in the regulations.”

    It is not yet clear whether the CAF will take further action against Senegal.