DR Congo suspends top-flight football over violence fears

Local football players follow a match from the bench in Beni, DR CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended its top-flight football league for one month over fears of match violence, the sports minister said Wednesday, amid high political tensions. “The suspension of the national football championship from December 15 to January 14 (is justified by fears of) pitch invasions (or) stone throwing” during the match, Youth and Sports Minister Denis Kambayi told AFP, warning of “provocation”. “The clubs’ leaders seem to be overwhelmed by the task of controlling supporters,” he added, referring to recent clashes between supporters and police in the Congolese capital Kinshasa.

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