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miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2012

Senegal disqualified from Africa Cup of Nations after crowd trouble

Senegal's Teranga Lions have been disqualified from next years Africa Cup of Nations following crowd violence that forced the abandonment of their match against Ivory Coast last Saturday at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar.

The Confederation of African Football,CAF disciplinary committee met in Cairo today to review  to look into the incidents that led to the abandonment of match  during the final qualifier.

"As a result CAF decided to officially confirm the result of the match as 2 – 0 in favor of Ivory Coast in accordance with the provisions of article 16 para 20 of the regulations of the competition and to consider Senegal the loser of the said match and eliminated from the competition without prejudice to any other sanctions that may be imposed by CAF Disciplinary Board,"read the statement from CAF.

Article 16 para 20 stipulates: ‘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.’

Violence erupted soon after Didier Drogba had scored his second goal of the match in the 74th minute, that left several fans injured including the Senegalese Sports Minister. Senegal needed to win the game by at least two goals ato qualify for the finals in  South Africa. 

Missiles, stones, bottles, firecrackers were thrown onto the pitch and tear gas was used prompting the referee to stop the match with 16 minutes of the match remaining.
The tournament takes place in South Africa between 19 January and 10 February 2013. 

The Qualified teams are Algeria: Angola :Burkina Faso: Cape Verde Islands: Democratic Republic of Congo : Ethiopia: Ghana: Ivory Coast: Mali: Morocco: Niger: Nigeria: South Africa: Togo: Tunisia and Zambia (holders).


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