Attack on the home of a Sierra Leone player who missed a penalty
Fans of the Sierra Leone team attacked the house of the team captain, Umaru Bangura, after a decisive penalty in the time of discount against Liberia on Sunday failed, with which Sierra Leon a, who lost 3-1, was eliminated of the qualifying phase for the Qatar World Cup 2022. In the first leg, 1-0 for Sierra Leone. The player was inside his residence.
After the game a group of fans threw stones at Umaru Bangura’s house. The doors and windows of the player’s residence in the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, suffered serious damage. A mockery song is already circulating about the failed penalty.
“It was one of the worst days of my life. I couldn’t leave, I didn’t expect this kind of hostility towards me, ”Bangura said in statements to the BBC. “I did my job by throwing the penalty as a captain that I am. I’m very disappointed. I ask you to forgive me. ”
If Bangura had scored, Sierra Leone would have qualified.
Some fans also threw stones at Red Cross ambulances. Four volunteers from that organization were injured. “I am very disappointed with the people of Sierra Leone. We have to fight hooliganism, ”said Sports Minister Ibrahim Nyelenkeh.