Ivorian fan apologises to family after caught flirting lady during Senegal match

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An Ivorian football fan, Anselme Santos, who was captured on camera attempting to woo a young lady in the stands, has purportedly extended an apology to his wife and children.

The romantic episode unfolded amid the jubilation following Ivory Coast’s Round of 16 triumph over the defending champions at Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro on Monday.

Santos’ persistent attempts to engage in conversation with his neighboring spectator were caught on camera, quickly turning into viral meme content.

According to reports, Santos has conveyed regret for any discomfort his actions may have caused to his wife and children.

“In the euphoria, I told him ‘give your number’. It wasn’t mean, but she didn’t want to. So I didn’t insist. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady, my wife, and my children,” he said via Actu Foot.

The host nation, Ivory Coast, faced a precarious situation in the competition, on the brink of potential elimination. They managed to secure a spot in the knockout stage as one of the third-best teams from the group stage.

Subsequently, the Ivorian FA relieved manager Jean-Louis Gasset of his duties even before the finalization of the knockout stage teams.

Under the guidance of interim coach Emerse Fae, the Elephants found themselves trailing Senegal from the fourth minute after Habib Diallo’s opening goal. Nevertheless, they mounted a comeback, equalizing the score four minutes before regular time, courtesy of Franck Kessie’s successful penalty.