CAF suspends Senegal stadium for one year

The African football body has imposed a one-year ban on the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium following match incidents during the Senegal-Cote D’Ivoire Afcon 2013 qualifier

Senegal’s biggest stadium Leopold Sedar Senghor will be closed to all football events for a period of 12 months following a decision from Caf Disciplinary Board, which found the local authorities guilty of excessive throwing of projectiles and setting stands on fire by supporters during the return leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying round between Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire on October 13.

A fine of $100,000 (€77,000) has also been imposed on the Senegal football federation, which will be cut by half if no incidents occur at the facility during a period of two years.

After losing 4-2 in the first leg played in Abidjan, the Teranga Lions were stunned at home in Dakar by a brace from the Elephants’ captain Didier Drogba, prompting a spontaneous riot of local supporters.

The meeting was suspended for 30 minutes and later abandoned after officials judged the security situation too precarious to resume the match. Caf subsequently upheld the 6-2 aggregate from both fixtures.

Senegal officials had argued they did not neglect any security measures.