NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA (JANUARY 21, 2013) (REUTERS) - Ethiopia ended a 31-year absence from the African Nations Cup by having their goalkeeper sent off, missing a penalty and holding champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw in an eventful Group C match on Monday (January 21).
The Ethiopians' wildly enthusiastic and noisy fans threw bottles, vuvuzelas and other missiles on to the pitch in protest at the red card handed to keeper Jamel Tassew.
He was carried off on a stretcher after a wild flying kick and lunge at Zambia's Chisamba Lungu in the 32nd minute which evoked memories of the infamous foul West Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher committed on France's Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup semi-final.
Gabon referee Otogo Castane allowed Tassew to be treated on the pitch for 11 minutes before showing him the red card as he was carried off.
As that was going on, a jet fighter buzzed over the stadium, adding to the general mayhem and cacophony of noise as the Ethiopian fans cheered on their side.