AFCON: Equatorial Guinea Hit With Huge Fine For Attack ‘That Could Have Cost Lives’

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Equatorial Guinea have been fined £65,000 after their fans sparked a riot in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Ghana on Thursday.

Ghana were closing in on a 3-0 win over hosts Equatorial Guinea at the Estadio de Malabo on Thursday evening, when celebrating away fans were forced to flee the stands after being pelted with bottles.

The host nation will be able to play their third-place play-off match as usual, but have been warned that any further trouble will mean that they will have to play their next match behind closed doors.

In addition to the $100,000 fine, Equatorial Guinea will also have to pay all medical bills for anybody hurt at the match.

Equatorial Guinea stepped in to host the tournament at the 11th hour after Morocco pulled out due to fears regarding the Ebola epidemic.

Equatorial Guinea face a third-place play-off against DR Congo in the same stadium on Saturday, with Ghana and Ivory Coast contesting the final in Bata on Sunday.

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