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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