Fans of Ivory Coast's national team form a ring around each other for safety on the pitch at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar (Reuters) - Reuters
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Senegal stadium banned for a year following riots

Senegal stadium banned for a year following riots

By Reuters
Last update 30/11/2012 at 13:51 - Published on 30/11/2012 at 13:49
By Reuters - 30/11/2012 at 13:51

Senegal will not be able to use their main stadium in Dakar for African competition for the next year following riots in October.

The Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium was banned from use for 12 months and the Senegalese federation fined $100,000 for the riots that forced the stoppage of the African Nations Cup qualifier against the Ivory Coast and led to Senegal's disqualification from the competition.

Half the fine was suspended for two years, a Confederation of African Football statement said.

Rioting erupted as fans threw objects onto the field and started fires in the stands when the Ivorians took a 2-0 lead with a second half penalty that extended their aggregate lead in the second leg of the final round qualifier.

CAF also fined the Malawi and Togo federations for pitch invasions following qualifying matches earlier this year.

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