Seydou Keita called for an end to the violence in Mali after 20 people died in clashes in the Timbuktu region of the country. “The president of the Republic is doing everything he can to stop it ... I plead with the people to stop. It’s not normal, we don’t do this kind of thing. We need peace, we are all Malian,” the player told Reuters. During the post-match press conference, after Mali beat Gabon in a penalty shootout, the Barça midfielder broke into tears as he talked about his home country: “we are celebrating our victory but at the same time we are very sad. There is sadness among the players.”