An apparent missed call caused a large portion of a women’s soccer team to attack a referee.

Members of the DC Motema Pembe, a women’s soccer team from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, chased and attacked a referee after he failed to award them a penalty.

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Members of a women's soccer team attacked a referee after an apparently missed call.

Members of a women’s soccer team attacked a referee after an apparently missed call.

Five members of the team chased the referee off the field of play, but as he reached the touch line, a man was seen running to his right. It is not known if that man was a coach, a fan or another spectator, but he missed his shot.

Arriving on the track, the referee made a sharp right turn, continuing to avoid trouble, but was caught soon after.

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The referee was grabbed by several team members, and at least one of them threw a punch. The man who was chased before also caught up with him, striking from behind. Another player added a jump kick as stadium staff tried to resolve the matter.

DC Motema Pembe was trailing 5-1 to TP Mazembe when the incident occurred.

DC Motema Pembe trailed by four goals when he attacked the referee.

DC Motema Pembe trailed by four goals when he attacked the referee. (Adam Davy – PA Images via Getty Images)

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The game took place in Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.