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73 killed and 1,000 injured after football pitch invasion in Egypt

Post  Panda on Wed 1 Feb - 21:52

At least 73 people have been killed and 1,000 injured after a football pitch invasion in Egypt, according to reports.

Clashes are said to have broken out as fans flooded the field seconds
after the game in the northern coastal city of Port Said finished.

There were reports of rocks, bottles, flares and fireworks being
thrown as politicians in the country criticised a lack of security at
the match.

Doctors treating the victims said some had been stabbed to death. One player caught up in the rioting described it as "a war".

One player likened the scenes in Port Said to 'war'

Witnesses said most of the deaths involved people who had been
trampled in the crush of panicked crowds, or who fell from terraces.

Deputy health minister Hesham Sheiha told state television: "This is
unfortunate and deeply saddening. It is the biggest disaster in Egypt's
soccer history."

Fans of the home team, Al Masry, swarmed the field after a rare 3-1 win against Al Ahly, one of Egypt's top teams.

Khalil Fahmy, Sky News Arabia correspondent, said police had been
heavily criticised for doing nothing to intervene at the ground.

He said: "Many people were crying for help, for police or army
intervention. They spent almost an hour without any army or police
protection - this resulted in the bad injuries of hundreds of people.

"Most of the dead were killed by head injuries."


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Egypt Football Violence

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  • Sad news in Egypt. Sad day for the familes and friends of the deceased. Sad day for football lovers. Sad day for football... #Egypt by sommbonu

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:05:15

  • RT @Soccerpolitics: One emerging interpretation on #Egypt football violence today is that was incited/fabricated to justify maintenance of Emergency Law. by mimsicality

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:04:44

  • RT @GeoffThomasGTF:
    Terrible scenes at a football march in Egypt. Invasion onto the pitch
    by warring fans ending with over 70 losing their lives. Madness. by AndyShirt40

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:02:16

  • I can't believe that after all that #Egypt's been through, blood is being shed over FOOTBALL!!!? by ThatCurlyMane

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:59:39

  • Non-Egypt tweeps wondering who the football ultras are & why this is related to politics? Read http://t.co/gpI35V2p by dairyflat

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:59:25

  • RT @Sara723: Some people are saying this was a planed attack ... Is SCAF trying to use Football as some sort of scapegoat - distraction? #PortSaid #Egypt by Adverse101

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:59:13

  • Bloody hell...just caught up with death toll at Egypt match. Absolute madness. Remind me, football is a sport, isn't it?! by antwatford

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:59:06

  • RT @RashaAbdulla: Don't you ever think this was a football game gone wild! This is another battle in the chain of the revolution #Egypt #Ultras #Jan25 #Tahrir by deshocks

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:58:57

  • Terrible Scenes in Egypt right now as 73 people dead as far!! #tragic #football by andrewmc_1995

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:58:49

  • RT @Tim_Cahill: Thoughts and prayers to all those who lost loved ones in football disaster in Egypt . #justagame #why #rip by TheNipper

    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:57:50

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Last updated: 2012-02-01 21:05:21

As details of the violence emerged, a football match in Cairo, 200km
(125 miles) away, was called off in mourning and television footage
showed sections of the stadium on fire. An announcer said the blazes had
been started by fans angry over the cancellation.

Some players in Port Said were taken to a locker room for protection, reports said.

Military helicopters were reportedly sent in on an emergency
evacuation to pull Al Ahly fans and players out of the confrontation
amid fears they face attack.

A Port Said medic said some of the dead were security officers.

The country's football federation has now "indefinitely delayed" all
premier league matches, the state prosecutor has called for an
investigation and the country's parliament is to convene for an
emergency meeting on Thursday.

There are suggestions of a political dimension to the incident, with Egyptian Islamists blaming supporters of Hosni Mubarak - who was ousted as president in Egypt revolution a year ago - for provoking the violence.

Albadry Farghali, a member of parliament for Port Said, accused
officials and security forces of allowing the disaster, saying they
still had ties to Mubarak's old regime.

He said: "The security forces did this or allowed it to happen. The
men of Mubarak are still ruling. The head of the regime has fallen but
all his men are still in their positions.

"Where is the security? Where is the government?"
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