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Thursday 17 April 2014

Match suspended after fans riot

Police try to clear rioting Senegal fans at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium in Dakar, Senegal (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

Ivory Coast players and fans have been escorted by police out of Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium after Senegal fans rioted over their team losing the African Cup of Nations qualifying match, which was suspended on Saturday.

Didier Drogba had just scored his second goal from the penalty spot for Ivory Coast to lead the second-leg match 2-0, and 6-2 on aggregate, when violence erupted.

A fan ran onto the pitch heading for Drogba before his kick and was stopped, and after the goal Senegalese supporters began lighting fires in the stands, causing a haze of smoke over the stadium.

The Senegalese Press Agency reported one of the match officials was hit by a projectile.

Senegal fans attacked Ivorian supporters and police fired tear gas into the stands.

Dozens of Ivorian fans were encouraged to evacuate onto the pitch, where both teams congregated in the middle.

The match was suspended in the 76th minute and abandoned 45 minutes later.

Cars were driven onto the pitch to take away Ivorian fans, to try and prevent them from being attacked by angry Senegalese, and the Ivory Coast team was hustled out by police holding shields.

Press Association

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