World Cup fans in Bangladesh riot after power cuts

Hundreds of angry football fans smashed vehicles in the

Bangladeshi capital after power outages interrupted live TV

broadcasts of a World Cup match, police said Sunday.

The violence erupted late Saturday when the blackouts hit

Dhaka’s southern Saidabad district just before the match between

Argentina and Nigeria, said police official Mohammad

Moniruzzaman.

He said nearly 200 youths – many of them armed with iron rods –

joined the rampage and blocked roads for several hours. No one was

injured, he said.

Impoverished Bangladesh suffers from frequent power outages, but

authorities say they are trying to reduce blackouts, especially

during World Cup matches.

Football is the most popular sport in Bangladesh after cricket,

even though the South Asian nation has never qualified for any

major international football tournament.