AFCON Update 1: Police tear gas onrush of fans

BATA, Equatorial Guinea — Police used tear gas to try and slow a crush of fans forcing their way into the Bata Stadium complex for Saturday’s opening match of the African Cup of Nations.

Police tried to check fans’ tickets one-by-one at the main gate to the complex ahead of Equatorial Guinea’s match against Libya. But several times the crowd proved too much and Israeli security advisers ordered the gates opened to allow scores of people through without being checked.

On at least one occasion, tear gas was used on the crowd.

The gate opens onto a road leading to the stadium. Fans will still need a ticket to get inside.


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    kenneth 6 years

    dats was a good idea to let fans to get n wtht tickets being checked.africans are low thinkers

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    kelvin km 6 years

    good job watchdog bt dn’t jst be footballians only we also need basketball and the others

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    rudemonk 6 years

    Africans as usual. Pathetic. I end here!

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    Dien 6 years

    Apparently anything foreign iss intelligent.

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    kapoko`s young brother 6 years

    intelligent israeli security,he thought it wise for people to go through without been checked than causing a stampede,had that been in zambia people dying was going to be infinite

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    Sure 6 years

    Keep it up ba watchdog!