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CAF hammer falls on Equatorial Guinea

06 February 2015, 15:41Israel Ojoko

Malabo - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have fined 2015 Africa Cup of Nations host Equatorial Guinea one hundred thousand US dollars after Thursday incident.

Home fans were angry and threw missiles on the pitch as well as destroyed public properties following a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Ghana in the second semifinal game of the AFCON 2015 competition on Thursday.

The game was delayed for over 30 minutes as match officials waited for the situation to return to normal before the tie was allowed to continue with just three minutes added time played.

CAF Disciplinary Panel rose from a meeting on Friday 6 February, 2015 in Bata, and imposed on the Equatorial Guinean Federation a fine of US$100,000 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for aggressive behaviour and being repeat offenders.

Also read: Ghana wants stiff punishment for E/Guinea

It also decided that the Equatorial Guinean Party cover the cost of treatment of all injured persons during the match.

The panel ordered “the team of Equatorial Guinea to 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.”

CAF said at least 36 people injured were identified by the medical teams present at the stadium following the incidents that marred the game, and all the injured were supported and attended to on site.

A total of 14 were transferred to hospital units for further investigations with one case requiring close monitoring.

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