Last Update 10:55
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Final ref mistakes spark fury against Chinese in DR Congo

Congolese police fired over the heads of residents in the city of Lubumbashi on Saturday after local football club TP Mazembe lost the final of the Club World Cup to Italian giants Inter Milan

AFP, Saturday 18 Dec 2010
Congo Fans
TP Mazembe fans were unhappy with the referee's decisions
Views: 1061
Views: 1061

Mazembe were hoping to become the first African winners of the event but Inter, the European champions, proved too strong as they cantered to a 3-0 victory in Abu Dhabi.

The loss sparked sporadic looting in Lubumbashi as disappointed fans took out their anger on Chinese-run stores, an AFP correspondent reported.

Some fans who watched the game on television in the capital city of Katanga smashed windows and began looting Chinese-owned mobile telephone premises but police intervened and restored order and nobody was reported injured.

During the game, some fans had criticised several decisions by the Japanese referee and, mistaking the official's nationality, had chanted "Chinese go home."

China has a substantial commercial presence in Lubumbashi and Katanga, with Chinese firms involved in copper mining in the region.

Search Keywords:
Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.