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Equatorial Guinea fined for AFCON semi-final incid

9 years ago

Equatorial Guinea have been fined $100,000 due to the behavior of their home fans during Thursday night's Africa Cup of Nations semi final clash against Ghana.

The decision was taken at the Disciplinary Panel of CAF meeting on 6 February, 2015 in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, after the body reviewed the reports of match officials following the incidents that marred the Match No. 30 of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has now taken action and has ordered Equatorial Guinea's football federation (FEGUIFUT) to cover all of the medical costs and pay a fine of $100,000, while the national team to play their next game behind closed doors.

A CAF statement released on Friday afternoon statement read, "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.

During the game in Malabo, the Black Stars had to be under the cover of police as bottles rained down from the home support at halftime, before the game was suspended for half an hour towards the end of the second half.

Ghanaian supporters were also subjected to attacks as various objects were thrown at them, forcing the fans to take cover on the running track behind the goalpost.

Ghana booked their place in the final after emerging 3-0 winners against the hosts thanks to goals from Jordan and Andre Ayew, and Mubarak Wakaso.