The African Cup of Nations descended into farce last night, as crowd trouble marred the semi-final between Ghana and hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.
One man at the heart of it all was Middlesbrough forward Emilio Nsue. the Equatoguinean is a pivotal member of the national team and has helped them to this impressive latter stage of the competition for the first time in their history.
He told the BBC of the incident:
"Regarding the public and the way they acted, I've never experienced that. I'd like to say sorry. It was something we've never experienced before."
The Middlesbrough man is the nation’s captain and he must feel bitterly disappointed as well as ashamed of the antics of his team’s fanbase. Unhappy with the refereeing the home support began pelting the Ghanaian fans and players with objects from the stands. In truth it was fortunate nobody, including the Middlesbrough man, was not severely injured.
It is also a terrible way for the Equatorial Guinea side to bow out of a competition they have done incredibly well to get organised. They stepped in at the last minute after Morocco inexplicably pulled out as hosts over Ebola concerns. They have gone on to make it to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history but found the class of Ghana too much yesterday.
Middlesbrough man Nsue scored one goal at the tournament, against Congo, but Boro fans will now be pleased their man is heading home safe and sound to aid their promotion tilt.