Kolo Toure on riot in Senegal which saw Africa Cup of Nations game abandoned
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: October 15, 2012 10:37am
Kolo Toure: Caught up in the chaos which forced Ivory Coast's clash with Senegal to be abandoned
Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure has offered an inside view on the riots in Senegal which forced a game to be abandoned.
The Manchester City centre-half was among those caught up in ugly scenes which marred an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
Senegalese fans stormed the pitch after seeing the qualification hopes of their side all but ended.
Supporters then clashed with security forces, while missiles rained down from the stands as the players, coaches and match officials huddled on the playing surface.
Toure was one of a number of Premier League stars involved in the game - along with his brother Yaya, Arsenal forward Gervinho, West Ham's Mohamed Diame and Newcastle trio Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote.
All escaped unscathed from the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, but Toure admits he feared such an event would occur in the build-up to the game.
He told L'Equipe: "It was weird.
"When we were all gathered in the middle of the pitch we weren't really scared, but we had to avoid the stones and the fires made it really hot.
"One of my brothers wanted to come to the stadium for the game but I told him not to because I feared something like this would happen."