Police & Ticketless Fans Battle In Kaduna At FIFA Under-17 World Cup

Violence at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium adds to the organisational problems at this year's U-17 World Cup...

A Group F match at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup between Algeria and Uruguay was nearly marred by tear gas following a clash between police and fans, who were barred from getting into the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna because they did not have tickets for the match.

An eyewitness, Saidu Abubakar, informed Goal.com that the police were locked in a battle with the fans right from the preceding game between Italy and South Korea.

"I saw many stones outside the stadium on my way out, apparently those were what the angry fans tried to use against the security men," said Abubakar, who is a top Nigerian sports journalist.

It is believed that police were forced to make use of tear gas to scare away those fans around the stadium entrance. Unfortunately, some of this tear gas found its way inside the stadium, where a section of the stands was deserted by spectators, while just before half-time, Uruguay goalkeeper, Salvador Ichazo, had to be treated on the pitch as a result.

Floodlight failure in Kano and torrential rain in Enugu, which forced a match between Turkey and Costa Rica to be replayed the following day have been some of the snags that have dogged the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

Samm Audu, Goal.com