Matokeo Stadium Riot
Accusations that a soccer player was using witchcraft during a match in eastern Congo sparked a riot that killed 13 people, a U.N.-funded radio station reported Monday.
Most of the victims were between the ages of 11 and 16, Radio Okapi said. They were suffocated as panicked crowds ran for the exits during the mayhem Sunday in Butembo in eastern Congo's North Kivu province.
Radio Okapi said police tried to control the violence at Matokeo stadium by firing into the air to protect their commander, who was hit in the head and wounded by fans.
At times though, some fans take their zeal to riotous extremes. Over the decades, hundreds have been killed by melees at soccer stadiums around the world. For instance, in 2008, 13 people died in Congo after violence erupted at Matokeo stadium during a game between two local clubs after accusations flew that a soccer player was using witchcraft.