Ethiopia Fined for Fan Trouble at African Cup

Ethiopia's Asrat Megersa, center, and Aynalem Hailu, right, help officials clear the pitch of plastic bottles and vuvuzelas during the African Cup of Nations match with Zambia, Monday, Jan. 21 2013 at Mbombela Stadium in Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit), South Africa. Ethiopia supporters threw the objects in protest after goalkeeper Jemal Tassew, was expelled from the game. (Photo: Armando Franca)

San Francisco Chronicle

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) — The Confederation of African Football has fined Ethiopia’s football federation $10,000 after the team’s fans hurled vuvuzelas and other missiles onto the pitch during Monday’s 1-1 draw with Zambia at the African Cup of Nations.

CAF announced the fine late Tuesday, adding that half of the $10,000 penalty would be suspended on condition that Ethiopia’s fans are not found guilty of a similar offense during the rest of the tournament.

Ethiopia had plenty of supporters for its first African Cup match in 31 years, but the Group C game at Mbombela turned ugly when Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane dismissed Ethiopia goalkeeper Jemal Tassew shortly after the half-hour mark.

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