Fans riot at Nations Cup semi
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP):
With riot police protecting the players from incensed rival fans and using tear gas to disperse troublemakers, Ghana advanced to the African Cup of Nations final with a 3-0 win over host Equatorial Guinea yesterday.
Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane halted the match in the 82nd minute. It resumed after about a 40-minute delay, and finished soon after.
The fans first became incensed after Ghana scored two late goals in the first half, and riot police were called in to protect Ghana's players and fans.
After Ghana scored a third goal in the second half and water bottles began to rain again, the match was halted and the team's fans were escorted out of the stadium for their own safety.
It took about 30 minutes for the Ghana fans to finally be cleared.
During the stoppage, one fan ran on to the field and confronted one of the linesmen, but he was quickly taken away by security.
The Ghana players remained in the middle of the field until the restart, while many from the Equatorial Guinea squad tried to calm the angry fans.
Jordan Ayew and Wakaso Mubarak scored for Ghana late in the first half, prompting angry local fans to throw bottles filled with liquid towards Ghana's players and officials.
Despite pleas for calm from the public address announcer, bottles continued to be thrown throughout the second half, including after Andrew Ayew scored the third goal in the 75th.