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Football | Africa

Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium on fire © Dstv

Caf bans Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium



CAF has imposed a one year suspension on the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium in Dakar where violent riots from local fans led to the abandonment of the Senegal-Ivory Coast match during the second leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying round.

CAF Disciplinary Board said the decision was based on Articles 82, 83 and 151 of the body’s regulations that found local officials guilty of excessive throwing of projectiles and setting stands on fire by supporters.

The Board also fined Senegal Football Federation $100,000 (R 879,000), which will be reduced by half if no incidents were recorded at the stadium during a two-year period.

The Teranga Lions lost the away fixture 4-2 in Abidjan and were being led at home 2-0 by the 75th minute when angry supporters began throwing projectiles into the pitch.

The game was abandoned after officials waited in vain for 30 minutes to see the situation subside.

CAF later disqualified Senegal and pronounced Ivory Coast the winner.

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