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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 September 2005, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
Deaths at match in DR Congo
By Patrice Citera
BBC Sport, Kinshasa

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At least four people were killed following a game in the DR Congo

At least four people were killed as fans protested the outcome of a football match in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The people died when a wall collapsed in the stadium on Saturday as police fired tear gas after Kinshasa-based Vita Club had beaten FC Tshikunku 2-0 in the central town of Kananga.

Several people were also hospitalized with injuries from the incident which happened late Saturday.

According to authorities, the victims were buried under the rubble when the wall collapsed as fans tried to climb over to get onto the pitch.

A local journalist who commentated on the game told BBC Sport from Kananga that there the police lost control as they tried to stop fans from getting on the pitch when the referee blew the last whistle.

Last month police fired tear gas during a derby game in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa between rivals Vita Club and DC Motema Pembe which left several people injured.


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