Newcastle United trio caught up in crazy scenes in Dakar
NEWCASTLE UNITED will regard themselves as winners following Senegal's exit from the African Cup of Nations.
But football was almost definitely the loser in Dakar as the game was abandoned due to crowd trouble and fires in the stand.
The Lions of Teranga suffered defeat against the Ivory Coast in Dakar which sparked ugly scenes as Senegal fans rained missiles on to the field and set off firecrackers as their side tumbled out of the African Cup of Nations at the play-off round stage.
If the Ivory Coast's win stands it means that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be remain on Tyneside next January and February - a situation Alan Pardew will be delighted with due to his limited options with strikers.
Both teams will now await action from the CAF to see if the result will stand and the game is awarded to Ivory Coast.
The Ivory Coast's victory means that Cheick Tiote will be missing from early January due to international commitments in the African Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.
Tiote's side triumphed 2-0 thanks to goals from Didier Drogba.
Yet the game ended in controversy as Senegal fans rioted in Dakar with the 60,000 crowd far from happy with the result.
Thousands of fans back on Tyneside watched the game on Youtube only to be baffled as commentary was cut off and the madness on the pitch saw players protected by security staff.
Newcastle were further boosted when Ba was substituted in the second half for tactical reasons meaning he is fit to face Sunderland next weekend.
But as Ba, CIsse and Tiote were caught up in a footballing outrage, United officials will be anxious that they return home safe and sound after a crazy night in Dakar.