Ethiopia Fans Apologise for Conduct

Ethiopia Fans Apologise for Conduct

Ethiopia fans took the unusual step of apologising for their unruly behaviour in last Monday's match against Zambia by waving a banner during the game against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Ethiopia Fans Apologise for Conduct

"We apologise for our behaviour, but we love the game" was written in huge letters on the banner against the background of the green, yellow and red colours of the Ethiopian flag.

It was unfurled at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace during the team's final Group C match.

The fans threw missiles including plastic vuvuzelas, bottles and other objects on to the field at Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium after their goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was shown a red card for a challenge on Zambian midfielder Chisamba Lungu.

The game was held up for nine minutes while the debris was cleared and the Ethiopian FA was fined by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Meanwhile, Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw says he was not concerned at the behaviour of the Walya Antelopes fans at Mbombela Stadium during Monday night's 1-1 draw with Zambia.

For Bishaw, the reaction of the fans was normal, while he also felt that Tassew should not have been sent off."A goalkeeper is not only a goalkeeper, he went to defend. He was doing his job and that should not have been a red card. The reaction of the fans is normal because they are supporting their boys. They want their team to win, When things don't go their way, they react.

"They have given us very good support and that helped us to play much better," he said.

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