Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Football Match Riot in Egypt Left At Least 74 Dead And Several injured-Video attached!!!

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As just reported, at least 74 people were killed and 248 injured after clashes between football fans in the Egyptian seaside city of Port Said.
The violence was sparked by an unexpected victory by the home team over Egypt's top club, setting off a stampede.
The violence - which followed an Egyptian league match between Al-Masry, the home team in the Mediterranean city, and Al-Ahly, based in Cairo and one of Egypt's most popular teams - was the worst case of football violence in Egypt and the deadliest worldwide since 1996.
In Cairo, another match between Al-Ismaili and Zamalek was halted by authorities because of the Port Said violence.
Fans angered by the move set fire to seats at the main stadium in the Egyptian capital. No injuries were reported.
The clashes began after fans of Al-Masry stormed the field following a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly. Al-Masry supporters threw sticks and stones as they chased players and fans from the rival team, who ran toward the exits to escape, according to witnesses.
One man told state TV he heard gunshots in the stadium, while an MP from Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood said the police did not stop fans carrying knives from entering the stadium.
TV footage showed Al-Ahly players rushing for their changing room as fights broke out among the hundreds of fans swarming on to the field. Some men had to rescue a manager from the losing team as he was being attacked. Black-clothed police officers stood by, appearing to be overwhelmed.
The Interior Ministry said 74 people died, including one police officer, and 248 were injured, 14 of them police. Security forces arrested 47 people for their part in the violence.
Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said that 13,000 Al-Masry fans stormed the field, jumping a low fence and attacking about 1,200 Al-Ahly fans. He said security tried to stop them, and blamed the stampede for many of the deaths. Source: msn news

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