Equatorial Guinea fined for crowd trouble
2015 AFCON host nation, Equatorial Guinea has been fined for crowd violence during their Thursday’s semi-final clash against Ghana.
The host were beaten 3-0 by the four time Africa champions, as the fans in support of the host nation took the laws into their hands by throwing missiles at the Ghanaian players and supporters in the stands which most of the fans sustained various degrees of injury.
Due to that, the Ghanaians fans run for cover by entering the field at the back post of the Equatorial Guineans goal which the referee halted the game for close 40 minutes.
However, on Friday the disciplinary of CAF met and they came to conclusion by issuing a fined of $100,000 against Equatorial Guinea, CAF also banned their supporters of watching their third place game against DR Congo and they have been charged to cater for all the medicals bills of the injured fans.
Below is the Full statement from CAF:
“Pursuant to Articles 82, 83 and 151 of the Disciplinary Code of CAF, respectively related to the principles of conduct, responsibility and safety in the organization of games, the disciplinary panel decided:
“To have the Equatorial Guinean Party cover the cost of treatment of all injured persons during the match.
“To impose on the Equatorial Guinean Federation a fine of US$100,000 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for aggressive behaviour and being repeat offenders.
“To have the team of Equatorial Guinea play their next game behind closed doors/in camera and without spectators.
“However, to promote a spirit of Fair-play and brotherhood during the AFCON2015, the Disciplinary Panel decided to suspend the match behind closed doors provided that spectators were not guilty of such an offense in the 3rd/4th place classification match.
“In the event of a repeat of identical incidents during the classification match on 7 February 2015, the disciplinary panel of CAF will automatically impose the sanction of playing behind closed doors the Equatorial Guinean team’s next official match.