Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Senegal have officially been disqualified from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after a riot forced the abandonment of Saturday's home tie with Ivory Coast.

The match in Dakar was called off after 74 minutes, with Ivory Coast 2-0 up on the night and 6-2 ahead on aggregate.
The Confederation of Africa football officially confirmed the result as a 2-0 win for Ivory Coast, sending them through to next year's tournament and stated that its decision to ban Senegal is in accordance with the provisions of article 16 paragraph 20 of their regulations of the competition which state thus;

"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."

It will be recalled that CAF expelled Tunisia club Etoile du Sahel from the CAF Champions League after crowd trouble involving fellow Tunisia side Esperance in the competition in August.

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