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Arsenal, West Ham and former Chelsea man see African game abandoned after crowd trouble

00:05 14 October 2012

Gervinho in action for Ivory Coast. Photo credit: John Walton/EMPICS

Gervinho in action for Ivory Coast. Photo credit: John Walton/EMPICS

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Arsenal striker Gervinho, West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame and former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba were among a host of Premier League players involved in an African Nations Cup qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast in Dakar which was abandoned tonight following crowd incidents, according to reports.

Ivory Coast were leading 2-0 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate when the match was stopped around the 73rd minute at the Stade Leopold Senghor.

Play was temporarily halted in the 65th minute when a person ran onto the pitch and almost reached Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba before being wrestled to the ground and escorted off the field.

Drogba had given his side the lead in the 51st minute with a free-kick and the former Chelsea man then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.

Following that second goal there were disturbances in the stands, with small fires being set alight and objects reportedly being thrown as players and staff from both teams grouped together in the centre circle.

The match also saw other stars from the English top flight, including Newcastle pair Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse lining up for Senegal, along with Diame.

In Ivory Coast’s starting line-up were Gervinho, Manchester City brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure, and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote.

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