CAN 2015; Equatorial Guinea sanctioned for violent conduct

caf_iconAt a meeting  held on February 6, 2015 in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, the Disciplinary Panel of CAF reviewed the reports of match officials following the incidents that disrupted semi-final Match of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea played in Malabo Thursday, 5 February, 2015.

In conformity with Articles 82, 83 and 151 of the CAF Disciplinary Code which relate to the  conduct, responsibility and safety in the organization of matches, the disciplinary panel decided:

  • To have the Equatorial Guinean Party cover the cost of treatment of all injured persons during the match.
  • To impose on the Equatorial Guinean Federation a fine of US$100,000 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for aggressive behaviour and being repeat offenders.
  • To have the team of Equatorial Guinea play their next game behind closed doors/in camera and without spectators. However, to promote a spirit of Fair-play and brotherhood during the AFCON2015, the Disciplinary Panel decided to suspend the match behind closed doors provided that spectators were not guilty of such an offense in the 3rd/4th place classification match. In the event of a repeat of identical incidents during the classification match on 7 February 2015, the disciplinary panel of CAF will automatically impose the sanction of playing behind closed doors the Equatorial Guinean team’s next official match.

These decisions were made to the Equatorial Guinea Federation on  January 26, 2015 after the match Gabon vs Equatorial Guinea and a fine of US$ 5,000 imposed on February 3 on the same Federation after the match Tunisia vs Guinea Equatorial for the behaviour of fans of the host country of the Orange African Nations’ Cup 2015.

In the Ghana vs Equatorial Guinea semi-final Match in Malabo, at least 36 people were injured according to the medical personnel present at the stadium following the incidents that disrupted the match for about 30 minutes.