Senegalese football manage says his team will accept punishment for riot

BBC Sport

Senegal manager Ferdinand Coly says there will be difficult times ahead for his country as they await punishment for their fans’ behaviour in Saturday’s abandoned game against Ivory Coast.

A riot caused the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to be abandoned with Ivory Coast leading 2-0 (6-2 on aggregate).

“We are going to face some difficult days but Senegal will accept the sanctions,” said Coly.

“For the players, it was traumatic – especially the young ones.”

Home fans started fires in the stands and threw objects on the pitch with about 15 minutes left to play in Dakar, shortly after former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba had converted a penalty.

Visiting supporters jumped down on the pitch to escape the violence, where they and the Ivorian players took refuge in the centre circle while the security forces used tear gas to quell the rioting fans.

Reports say about 10 people – including Senegalese Sports Minister Hadji Malick Gakou – were injured in the violence.

“We must apologise to Ivory Coast and make sure we do everything to avoid this happening again,” added Coly.

“I feel great sadness because this type of thing has no place on a football pitch or anywhere else.”

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) are yet to decide on any potential sanctions. BBC

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