Senegal v Ivory Coast match has reportedly been abandoned due tp fan riot
A crucial Africa Cup of Nations football match between Senegal and Ivory Coast has been abandoned after fans rioted at a stadium in Dakar.
Home fans started fires in the stands and threw objects on the pitch as Senegal were losing 2-0, a result which would have eliminated the team.
Ivorian fans jumped down on the pitch to escape the violence.
The fans and the Ivorian players were then escorted by police out of the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium.
The violence erupted after Ivorian striker Didier Drogba had scored his second goal from the penalty stop, with about 15 minutes left to play.
The result would have extended Ivory Coast’s overall lead to 6-2 in the two-leg tie.
“After 40 minutes suspension, the decision was taken to abandon the match,” a local official was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.