Holding Midfield: Egyptian Riots To Continue

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Apr 6, 2011
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It was a year ago this month that Egypt’s Health Ministry officially reported on the 73 soccer fans that were killed and the hundreds more injured after the Port Said stadium riot. Events took place after a match between Al Masry of Port Said and Al Ahly of Cairo, two teams who have come to represent different political factions in Egypt after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak two years ago, although historically they are not major soccer rivals. The match kick off was originally delayed by 30 minutes because Al Masry fans were on the pitch and refused to get off – a sign of things to come.*During half time and after each of Al Masry’s three second half goals, their fans stormed the pitch, with thousands of spectators running on to the field at the final whistle.*The Al Masry fans started throwing bottles and fireworks at the Al Ahly players and*as the players ran from the field taking cover, the Al Masry fans, who were armed with knives, swords, clubs, and stones, began attacking the Al Ahly fans who tried to flood the few exits to escape the stadium. *Television*images of the mayhem*in Egypt showed the images as the [...]

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