PHOTOS: Fan rugby tackles player, mass pitch invasion as Ivory Coast v Senegal friendly abandoned

An international friendly between African rivals Senegal and the Ivory Coast near Paris was abandoned on Monday as fans invaded the pitch and confronted the players, local media reported.

A group of spectators outside the ground climbed over security fences and entered the stadium just before the trouble began as the match entered the final two minutes, level at 1-1.

Stewards struggled to keep the pitch invaders under control, with one fan appearing to rugby tackle Senegal’s Lamine Gassama at the Charlety Stadium on the outskirts of the French capital.

The players were told by French referee Tony Chapron to return to the dressing rooms before the game was abandoned.

Check out the madness below: