Equatorial Guinea fined $100,000 for fan violence during Ghana match
The Confederation of African Football has fined Equatorial Guinea $100,000 after fighting broke out during Thursday's semifinal match against Ghana, Gerald Imray of the Associated Press reports.
The African Cup of Nations match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, was stopped with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second half because of fighting in the stands. Riot police were called in after Ghana scored the second of its three goals in a shutout victory.
Fans threw bottles at Ghana as they exited the pitch for halftime, and a helicopter flew close to the ground, sending debris flying into the stands. Ghana fans were also targeted with flying objects, forcing Ghana's supporters to enter the field for refuge near the goal.
Equatorial Guinea will also be required to pay for the medical treatment of all 36 fans who were injured during the game. CAF announced that 14 fans were brought to the hospital.
After initially ruling Equatorial Guinea would have to play its next game in front of an empty stadium, CAF decided to allow fans to attend Saturday's third-place game against Congo.
Equatorial Guinea was previously fined $5,000 earlier this week for fan behavior during its match against Tunisia.
- Paul Palladino