Soccer referee brutally attacked by fans in Congo

Soccer referee brutally attacked by fans in Congo

Published Mar. 16, 2016 12:02 p.m. ET

A playoff match in the Democratic Republic of Congo descended into utter chaos at the weekend after a referee was brutally attacked by a pack of pitch invaders.

Daring Club Motema Pembe (DCMP) and Dauphin Noir, both of the Super Ligue -- Congo's top tier -- engaged in a scoreless draw before emotions boiled over upon the full-time whistle, and supporters invaded the pitch and charged toward the assistant referee. What ensued was a violent melee, one not for the faint of heart.

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One man is pictured slide-tackling the official to the ground while a large crowd swarms around him and carries out the attack.

Riot police despairingly attempted to protect the referee, who emerged with a severely swollen and bleeding face, and was stretchered off.

Disgraceful scenes all around.

h/t YouTube/Afrik-Foot