Unrest in DR Congo after TP Mazembe lose to Inter Milan

12/20/10
Kinshasa – Police fired over football fans’ heads to disperse angry crowds in Lubumbashi in DR Congo after the local team TP Mazembe lost the Club World Cup final.

Reports say disappointed fans took to the streets and attacked Chinese-run businesses, after TP Mazembe were beaten 3-0 by Italian club Inter Milan.

They are believed to have thought the Japanese referee was Chinese, and were angered by some of his decisions.

During the game in Abu Dhabi, fans had chanted “Chinese go home”.

Many Chinese firms work in the copper mining industry in Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga province.

Disappointed fans smashed windows and started to loot mobile telephone premises owned by Chinese companies, the Agence France-Presse news agency reported.

Police restored order, and no-one was reported injured.

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