'Black magic' cancels football match

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Mombasa (Kenya), Nov 25: A domestic football match here was abandoned over the weekend after riots broke out following claims that spectators used black magic - juju - to decide the game's outcome.

Alaskan FC were leading 1-0 over local rivals Napoli FC during the Mishi Mboko Tournament when a supporter of the former ran onto the pitch and broke a coconut as a charm to maintain the result, reports Xinhua.

'Black magic' cancels football match

Tournament coordinator Said Rajab confirmed that soon fighting broke out between the two teams and spectators, who pelted each other with missiles, forcing the abandonment of the match with 30 minutes of play left.

Following the melee, Alaskan FC was expelled from the tournament for bringing the game into disrepute.

Last year, in April, a referee sued Football Kenya Federation (FKF), claiming he had been rendered impotent after a coach grabbed and squeezed his testicles during a pitch invasion in the same city.

IANS

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