newsCO.com.au | World Cup qualifiers: Morocco vs Ivory Coast

November 15, 2017

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2017-11-15 02:16:00

MOROCCO national coach Herve Renard had his World Cup celebrations cut short after his daughter was caught up in a fracas in the players tunnel.

Renard, 49, guided the Atlas Lions to next summer’s finals in Russia with a 2-0 win away to the Ivory Coast.

However the Frenchman was left close to tears after his daughter, Candide, was attacked following the game in Abidjan.

Video shows the young woman clutching her head in agony as Moroccan medical staff lift her onto a stretcher and carry her to safety.

Reports in Africa claimed Candide was attempting to meet her father outside the dressing rooms after the game when she was shoved and beaten by baton-wielding security guards.

Renard — who ironically coached the Ivory Coast side from 2014 to 2015, leading them to the 2015 African Nations Cup — was fuming after the game.

“I don’t know how people can behave like that towards my daughter,” he said. “With everything that binds me to the Ivory Coast, I can’t understand it at all.”

An eyewitness added: “It was shocking to see. The emergency services went to rescue her. When you think of what Renard did for the Ivory Coast, it is not good at all.”

But later reports indicated Candide wasn’t targeted — and instead found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time as she attempted to join the Morrocan celebrations.

“In the hustle and bustle there was jostling and the police randomly distributed a bludgeon and my daughter was hit,” Renard explained. “She was not personally targeted.”

Candide, who in her 20s, was shaken but is recovering well.

Renard has also been the national boss of Zambia and Angola. He has also coached clubs in England, France, Vietnam and Algeria.

This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.

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