World Cup opening match referee Yuichi Nishimura once caused a riot in the Congo

The opening match of the World Cup might be remembered more for the

refereeing decisions of Japanese ref Yuichi Nishimura than anything


Fred collapsed under zero contact from Dejan Lovren and won what

proved to be a decisive penalty, handing Brazil the opportunity to

take the lead against Croatia.

Neymar took the chance, before Oscar added a third late into the second half.

But there's an interesting story about our friend from Japan.

He caused such dismay in a World Club Cup game that in the Democratic

Republic of Congo, fans of the offended team, TP Mazembe, went looking

for post-match vengeance.

Unfortunately, a lack of racial understanding from the Congolese saw

supporters get their revenge by vandalising Chinese restaurants after

the game, despite Nishimura being Japanese.

The match in question was between TP Mazembe and Inter Milan, in 2010,

with the referee awarding 21 fouls against the Congolese team, in

comparison to the 9 fouls awarded against Inter.

Nishimura was criticised for his refereeing decisions during the

Brazil vs Croatia match, in which he awarded Brazil a penalty, and

stopped play when Croatia had a goalscoring opportunity.

[mirror uk]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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