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Fact finding committee puts blame on security for Port Said tragedy

A parliamentary committee formed to look into the Port Said massacre blames the football security apparatus, El-Masry Football Club and the Port Said Stadium governing body for the death of more than 70 fans

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Feb 2012
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The Fact Finding Committee formed by the Egyptian parliament to investigate the tragic events that unfolded 1 February in Port Said, entailing the death of 73 in football related violence, put the blame for the calamity on the shoulders of the security apparatus, El-Masry Football Club and the Port Said Stadium governing body.

The 17-page report revealed that the security apparatus facilitated the tragic events that followed when fans stormed the pitch following a match between local El-Masry Club and El-Ahly Club.

According to the report, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) also fell short of performing its duty and did not apply international regulations set by FIFA regarding measures needed to secure a match. The report pointed out that EFA did not perform thorough searches and allowed fans holding solid objects, lasers and weapons to enter the stadium.

The report also put responsibility on the Port Said Stadium for also violating FIFA regulations by welding the stadium's iron doors shut, making it impossible for panicked fans to leave the stadium grounds.

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