This weekend’s African Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast had to be abandoned after a massive riot broke out in the stands.African soccer has been plagued by fan violence in recent years. 70-nine fans died in a riot at a game in Egypt back in February, and last month violence broke out after a match between Algeria and Libya.
Luckily this riot did not result in any causalities, but it is still another dark moment for the reputation of African soccer. A number of elite-level players — including Didier Drogba and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure — had to flee the violence with the help of riot police.
The incident is a sad reminder of the disparity in infrastructure and fan culture between where these players play professionally – England, France, etc. — and what they experience when they return home.
The game took place in Dakar, Senegal, where violence had previously erupted at a Senegal-Gambia game in 2009
Then in the 65th minute, a riot broke out after Didier Drogba — the 6th highest-paid player in the world — scored a penalty
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