Cameroon security forces used water cannons late on Saturday to disperse rioting soccer fans angered by Cameroon’s draw with Senegal that dimmed the team’s chances of qualifying for the 2012 African Nations Cup.
Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o missed an 87th-minute penalty that would have closed the gap on group leaders Senegal, sparking off violence around the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium and leading Eto’o to apologise publicly.
Witnesses said several people were injured in the fracas, and that angry football fans smashed car windscreens and tore T-shirts bearing Eto’o’s name off the backs of people wearing them.
The Inter Milan striker asked fans to forgive him.
“When I score goals often, you hoist me to the top, but today I missed the penalty which would have given us victory and I take full responsibility for this underperformance,” he said. Saturday’s draw raised the possibility that the four-time African champions could fail to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup after having qualified on eight successive appearances in the finals.
Cop shot ahead of Argentine match
BUENOS AIRES: Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys’ home game with San Lorenzo was suspended after a police officer was shot and wounded by hooligans in the city of Rosario.
Two “barra brava” hooligans riding a motorbike took 10 to 12 shots at a rival faction of Newell’s fans and officer Maximo Alegre was hit in the buttocks, the local newspaper La Capital said. His life was not in danger.
Police chief Cristian Sola of Rosario, and the Security Secretary for Santa Fe province, Horacio Ghirardi, announced the decision to suspend the match. It was the third match suspended due to violence among fans in the 19-round Clausura, second of two championships in the Clausura.
Holland hold Brazil, Spain crush USA
GOIANIA, Brazil: Brazil, hosts of the next World Cup, were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands. The teams’ first clash since the Dutch beat Brazil 2-1 in last year’s World Cup quarter-finals became bad-tempered and Brazil’s Ramires was sent off in the 79th minute.
Spain crushed the United States 4-0 in another friendly. Santiago Carzola scored a brace while Negredo and Fernando Torres scored one apiece.