Football | CAF fines Ethiopia for fan trouble

The Confederation of African Football has fined Ethiopia’s Football Federation(EFF) $10,000 after the team’s fans hurled  vuvuzelas and other missiles onto the pitch during Monday’s 1-1 draw with Zambia at the African Cup of Nations.

CAF announced the fine late Tuesday, adding that half of the $10,000 penalty would be suspended on condition that Ethiopia’s fans are not found guilty of a similar offense during the rest of the tournament.

Vuvuzelas and water bottles rained down from the stands, with coaches and substitutes forced to take shelter in their dugouts while a stadium announcer gradually restored calm.

Riot police were stationed around the playing area for the second half,.

Ethiopian fans may also be barred from entering the stadium for Friday’s Group C clash with Burkina Faso unless CAF receives assurances from EFF that it can control its followers.

Another possibility is that supporters will not be allowed to bring vuvuzelas into the stadium.

Jemal was sent off whilst being stretchered off after a studs-up, waist-high challenge on Zambia’s Chisamba Lungu, and has been banned for the next two matches, meaning he will not feature in the tournament again unless Ethiopia progresses to the quarter final stage.


Compiled from Associated Press and Agance France Presse.

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