Video footage out of the Democratic Republic of Congo captured a brazen attack on an official refereeing a women’s soccer game.
The referee drew the ire of the female players on DC Motema Pembe after they were reportedly denied a penalty, according to the Daily Mail.
A number of the women are seen chasing the man, who appears to be heading toward a tunnel to escape the assault. The players take swings at the referee when they get close enough, and at one point an unknown male is seen charging toward him. He too takes a swing but does not appear to land his blow.
See how players of DC Motema Pembe Women’s team chased and attack a referee for not awarding them a penalty in their game against TP Mazembe Women.
Motema Pembe were trailing 5-1 before the incident happened in Lubumbashi. pic.twitter.com/lk9a53gpLB
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) February 17, 2023
The referee continues to run and is eventually corralled by a covering, where the female players and the other male begin beating him while others appear to be trying to stop the fracas. A man eventually pulls the official free and he manages to escape into the tunnel. Some of the players were seen following him.
People in the stands can be heard in the footage laughing as the referee is set upon by the mob.
DC Motema Pembe was losing 5-1 when the team was denied a penalty against TP Mazembe Women in Lubumbashi, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Congo Football Association suspended some of the players involved and has launched an investigation into the incident.
For some on social media, the team should be banned from any future participation. Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
This is pathetic. If female team can be this ruthless, their male team will be FEARLESS!
— Tosin Morakinyo (@tutortosin1) February 17, 2023
African Football will never be taken seriously pic.twitter.com/JHHOnhSiPS
— Minister of 2 likes (@NdlelaGP) February 17, 2023
The photographer/commentator made it more sorrowful with the “eh” and “ah” at every punch. I thought women ought to behave better than their male counterparts. Too bad for African football
— Vitalis Iwuchukwu (@IwuchukwuVC) February 17, 2023
The team plus the players involved should be ban for life
— Neyo (@ijaw_boii) February 17, 2023
The man is just minding his business pic.twitter.com/Y9DVaJ09sy
— ❂ (@Nhurudheen) February 17, 2023
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