Hooliganism Overshadow AFCON Semis

Hooliganism Overshadow AFCON Semis

Hooliganism Overshadow AFCON Semis

Ugly scenes of hooliganism overshadowed Thursday’s semifinals between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations as violent fans forced stoppage of the match for over 20 minutes.

Trouble started in the final eight minutes of the match when Ghana supporters had to seek refuge inside the stadium perimeter after being bombarded with flying objects by the host fans. By this time, the Black Stars led the host nation 3-0.

 The referees were forced to stop play as security officials tried to calm the situation with reports indicating tear gas had to be fired in some sections to diffuse the rising tension.

 A security helicopter was also seen hovering over the stadium for the better part of the stoppage time as players watched desperately from the center of the pitch while match officials and security worked to calm the situation.

 The host nation team players stepped in to plead with the fans who had directed their anger towards the stadium by throwing plastic bottles and objects towards the playing field.

 Equatorial Guinea was given the hosting rights of the tournament after Morocco’s withdrawal following the Ebola scare.

 Ghana will meet Ivory Coast in the finals of the tournament on Saturday.

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