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
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.