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It’s a black day for football, says FIFA President

Joseph Blatter is shocked by Port Said stadium incidents that caused the death of at least 74 people

Mohamad Mosselhi, Thursday 2 Feb 2012
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter called it “a black day for football” after clashes between fans of clubs Al-Ahly and Al-Masry resulted in the worst football violence since 78 were killed in a stampede at a 1996 World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica.

"I am very shocked and saddened to learn this evening that a large number of football supporters have died or been injured following a match in Port Said, Egypt," Blatter said on a statement published on the FIFA's website.
"My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives this evening.
"This is a black day for football. Such a catastrophic situation is unimaginable and should not happen."

More than 70 fans were dead and hundreds wounded after thousands of Masry fans invaded the pitch following the team’s 3-1 Egyptian Premier League victory over Ahly.

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