The 2013 Nations Cup qualifying game between the Teranga Lions and the Elephants has reportedly been abandoned as disgruntled fans began throwing missiles onto the pitchThe crucial 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast has been reportedly abandoned as rampaging fans threw missiles onto the pitch to register their protest over a goal.
Violent scenes occurred after Didier Drogba scored two goals to dash the hopes of the Teranga Lions, who now needed three goals to find their way to South Africa 2013.
The match officials including the referees were driven off the pitch as security officials try to protect Ivory Coast fans who came under severe attack in the stadium. The stands became empty after police fired teargas to disperse the unruly fans, who hurled plastic bottles onto the pitch and burnt flags and newspapers that turned the entire atmosphere at the Sedar Senghor Stadium smoky.
For close to 25 minutes, the players and security were left speechless on the pitch unsure of the fate of the game as hundreds of other Ivory Coast supporters, who were fleeing from danger, joined them in the inner perimeter for safety.
The match had entered into the 76th minute and Ivory Coast were leading by two goals (6-2 on agg). Early on, a fan had made an incursion onto the pitch which was the catalyst for ugly scenes to break out which marred the qualifier.
The game has been abandoned and the players have now left the pitch.