Ivory Coast v Senegal friendly in Paris abandoned after pitch invasions
Last Updated: 28/03/17 7:53am
Numerous pitch invasions forced Monday's friendly between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris to be abandoned before full-time.
The sides were level at 1-1 at the 20,000-capacity Charlety Stadium on the southern outskirts of the capital when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded on to the pitch.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane had given Senegal the lead on 67 minutes from the penalty spot, but Fulham's Cyriac Gohi Bi equalised for the Ivorians just four minutes later.
Manchester United's Eric Bailly, Everton's Idrissa Gueye and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha were also playing in the match, which was called off with two minutes remaining.
It was reported that a group of spectators outside the ground climbed over security fences and entered the stadium just before the trouble began.
Stewards struggled to keep the pitch invaders under control, with one fan appearing to rugby tackle Senegal's Lamine Gassama.
The players were told by Chapron to return to the dressing rooms before the game was abandoned.
Ivory Coast's Zaha tweeted afterwards without making any reference to the pitch invasion.
It is the second time in five years that a game between the two countries has been called off because of crowd disturbances.
Senegal were disqualified from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when a riot caused their play-off with Ivory Coast to be abandoned after missiles, stones, bottles and firecrackers were thrown onto the pitch in Dakar.
That match was abandoned after 78 minutes with Ivory Coast leading 2-0 thanks to a double from Didier Drogba, whose penalty sparked the violence involving large numbers of Senegal fans.
The latest encounter came just three days after Ivory Coast won 2-0 in Russia.
At Charlety, the Elephants were watched by former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, who will assume his coaching duties with Ivory Coast on April 1.
African World Cup qualifying resumes in August, with Ivory Coast two points clear of Morocco and Gabon at the top of Group C with four points after two games and Senegal a point behind Burkina Faso and South Africa in Group D.