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UPDATE 5: At least 74 fans die in football clashes in Port Said
At least 74 Ahly and Masry fans die and hundreds wounded following riots at the end of Wednesday's Egyptian Premier League game in Port Said
Hatem Maher and Mohamad Mosselhi, Wednesday 1 Feb 2012
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The Egyptian health ministry has announced that more than 74 supporters were killed after thousands of Masry fans invaded the pitch following the team’s 3-1 Egyptian Premier League victory over Ahly on Wednesday.

"There are 11 deaths at my hospital. Two other hospitals have 25 deaths. Three fans have also died in the stadium," Medhat El-Esnawy, the manager of Port Said's El-Amiry hospital, said in a television interview.

“Some died in the stampede and others died of suffocation.and some have head injuries”

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chairman Samir Zaher announced the league had been postponed for an indefinite period in the wake of the deadly clashes. Cairo duo Ahly and Zamalek have frozen sports activities in mourning.

Ahly’s panicked players flooded the club’s in-house television channel with phone calls to speak about the post-match horror and call on authorities to intervene and protect them.

“The security forces left us, they did not protect us. One fan has just died in the dressing room in front of me,” veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika screamed during a phone call with the club’s channel.

“People have died, we are seeing corpses now. There are no security forces or army personnel to protect us,” attacking midfielder Mohamed Barakat added.

“It is our fault because we played that match. The authorities are afraid to cancel the league because they just care about money, they do not care about the lives of people.”

Thousands of Masry fans stormed the pitch immediately after the final whistle, chasing Ahly players and technical staff members, who ran for their lives. They subsequently clashed with Ahly’s visiting supporters as the melee escalated.

Later in the day, Zamalek’s league game against Ismaily in Cairo was called off following the end of the first half upon the request of both teams.

The outer part of one of Cairo Stadium’s four stands caught fire after an electrical short circuit. Fire brigade trucks rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire.

“We are in a catastrophe. We had to show solidarity with the fans of Ahly and Masry,” Zamalek coach Hassan Shehata said.

Alexandria-based clubs Ittihad and Smouha announced their withdrawal from the league competition. Many TV analysts have also called on authorities to suspend football activities in the reeling country.

An army official said two military aircrafts flew to Port Said to pick Ahly fans and players.

“We offer our condolences for the families of all victims. Securing the match was the responsibility of the interior ministry,” Ismail Etman, the deputy of the Chief of Staff, said in a television interview.

“The army wanted to avoid any confrontation with the Egyptian people,” he added.

English Premier League club Liverpool expressed condolences for the deaths of the Egyptian football fans.

“Following the sad news from Port Said we'd like to send our condolences to all in Egypt affected by this tragic event. You are in our thoughts tonight,” the Reds said on their official Facebook page.

Football riots have abounded in Egypt following last year’s revolution which toppled former president Hosni Mubarak. Tensions notably rose between the football die-hard supporters and security forces.

Many pitch and stadium invasions have occurred since then despite the EFA’s regular assertions that it would clamp down on disorder, the latest of which was in Ismaily’s goalless draw at home to Masry last week.

Ahly

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ayman
02-02-2012 06:06pm
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violence
enough from bloodshed ,this is awful tragedy ,I appeal each person (masry)do not listen to any body to out in demonestrations..........................please enough
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Ann
02-02-2012 12:11pm
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asi comenzo la guerra en Yugoslavia
asi comenzo la guerra en Yugoslavia. un partido de futbol entre un equipo croata y uno serbio. al final pelea campal que indicaba el nivel de odio y tension existentes. Indica este odio irracional latension politica deEgipto?
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Medhat Omran
02-02-2012 08:49am
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The Blame!!
The Governor of Port said together with the head of security & Police MUST shoulder the full responsibilty of this disaster.The Militray Council did too little too late and they should bear most of the blame. M Omran
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Medhat Omran
02-02-2012 08:49am
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The Blame!!
The Governor of Port said together with the head of security & Police MUST shoulder the full responsibilty of this disaster.The Militray Council did too little too late and they should bear most of the blame. M Omran
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Sad
02-02-2012 04:55am
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Post-Revolution Chaos
This is what happened, when thugs and saboteurs are called revolutionists. When looting and sabotage are applauded in the name of freedom and democracy, while security measures are labeled as oppression and anti democracy. The military in Egypt must stop pandering to thugs and criminals, and use an iron fist against all perpetrators of these acts, and those who are encouraging these acts from bias media outlets to opportunist politicians, especially the ever-hypocrite Muslim Brotherhood.
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Ozzy
02-02-2012 02:43am
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Where is the security?
Having seen the footage, the security people just seem to be sitting there like nothing is happenning. Awful tragedy. RIP.
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Harry Mazal
02-02-2012 01:47am
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Sorry
I am sorry about this loss of human life. When will the Arabs realize that they must cleanse their culture of violence ?
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Masria
02-02-2012 08:58am
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not all Arabs!
I'm so sorry but Egyptian people are not ''culture of violence""
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Teresa orlowski
01-02-2012 11:14pm
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WHat!
What is wrong with you? Really?
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