The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 14, 2012
 

Senegal-Ivory Coast called off after fans riot

 
 

DAKAR (AFP) - The Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast was abandoned Saturday after home fans went on a violent rampage as their team slipped towards a humiliating defeat.

Fires were set in the stands while stones, chairs and bottles were thrown at the players, an AFP journalist witnessed, after Ivory Coast went 2-0 ahead, 15 minutes from the end of the second leg of the tie.

"After 40 minutes suspension, the decision was taken to abandon the match," an official at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor told reporters.

Violence erupted when Ivory Coast skipper Didier Drogba, the former Chelsea star, had scored his second goal from the penalty spot.