01 February, 2012

73 dead, 1000's injured in Port Said

A few hours ago, following a 3-1 home win over top ranked Al-Ahly, fans of Al-Masry stormed the field and attacked fans of rival Al-Ahly. According to Al Jazeera news, the Muslim Brotherhood claims that the attacks were instigated by anti-Islamic supporters of toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. However, Al Jazeera news also states that the Al-Ahly fans were verbally abusive toward the Al-Masry fans and provoked the attacks. The belief seems to be that years of violence between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly supporters has increased since the 2011 change in power atop Egypt, and is almost certainly due to politics and not soccer. The most recent reports indicate 73 fans are dead, thousands injured, and two Al-Ahly players suffered light injuries. The Egyptian Premier League is suspended until further notice.

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