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74 People Dead And Many, Many More Injured After Egyptian ‘Ultras’ Invade Pitch In Port Said

By Chris Wright

This is a real stinker to start the morning but, as was reported at half-time during last night’s Final Score, 74 people are known to have died and at least 1,000 have been injured in a mass pitch invasion during the Egyptian league game between rival sides Al-Masry and Al Ahli in the city of Port Said.

Most of the deaths were caused by the ensuing crush of people attempting to flee the stadium as fans fought inside, with people bottle-necking through exit gates and being flung from terraces.

The violence broke out at the end of the match, which Al-Masry won 3-1, though the tension was rising throughout the game as both sets of fans taunted one-another with banners and chants, before the home supporters charged onto the pitch at the final whistle and began attacking Al-Ahly players and fans as fires were started in the stands.

“This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us,” Al-Ahly player Mohamed Abo Treika said afterwards.

Given the state of flux the country finds itself in at the moment, there were, of course, political undertones to the violence that ensued arising from unrest caused by Egypt’s military government – though we don’t want to get bogged down in the intricacies, as it would take someone a damn sight more qualified than I to accurately relay the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ that bought about the tragic scenes in Port Said last night (try the Guardian’s live feed for starters).

It has since been announced that a minute’s silence will be observed before each of this weekend’s African Cup of Nations quarter-final matches as a mark of respect for those 74 people who went out to watch a football match last night and never came home.

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By Chris on February 2nd, 2012 in Miscellaneous. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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9 Responses to “74 People Dead And Many, Many More Injured After Egyptian ‘Ultras’ Invade Pitch In Port Said”

  1. seif says:

    i am a person from Egypt who was watching the match on tv while this happened. abu treika, mohamed barakat and emad metaab all said that they want to retire due to the events that occured on the day. this is not football, if people have to die to see a football match then i dont know why we should even have football in this country. my respects to all died and i hope all those who are injured make it through.

  2. __wowza says:

    both a horrible and preventable tragedy.
    there’s plenty of things in life that’re a matter of life and death; football should not be one of those things.

  3. pkhakheria says:

    Eventhough its still early , I hope Egypt’s football federation or whoever their governing body, as well as Fifa take some strong action against Al Masry. my condolences to the families affected by this act of moronic behavior

  4. Red19 says:

    @red card, 74 people died, 74. There’s a time and place to be humorous, u picked the wrong one.

  5. chimpo says:

    not many things on the news make me audible gasp given how desensitized we are to mass death and violence being reported but this made me almost cry into my cornflakes.

    We’ve seen pictures of eg west ham rioting (i only pick that because it was a recent one in the memory) but relatively rarely does it result in death. this however… fuck.

    74 dead.

    and that picture is haunting

    also- Red Card… what an arse

  6. Mohamed Rahman says:

    to dennis its not in Egypt

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