73 killed, hundreds injured in Egypt soccer riot, official says
February 1st, 2012
02:45 PM ET

73 killed, hundreds injured in Egypt soccer riot, official says

[Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET] Political tensions flared Wednesday after more than 70 people were killed and hundreds more were injured when fans rushed the field and rioted at a soccer game in Egypt.

It was unclear whether intense sports rivalries or political strife caused the clashes in the northeastern city of Port Said.

But hours after the fighting, protesters in Cairo chanted, "Down with military rule" and "Tomorrow we come, we take the military down." And the secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood party blamed Egypt's military for the deaths.

Egypt's interior ministry blamed fans for provoking police.

"There were organized groups in the crowds that purposely provoked the police all through the match and escalated the violence and stormed onto the field after the final whistle," Gen. Marwan Mustapha said. "Our policemen tried to contain them but not engage."

At least 47 people were arrested after the clashes, he said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. BOMBO ©

    Current FIFA ranking is 36th. So, obviously this wasn't about the soccer. They're just not good enough to get that excited about.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    People, for crying out loud, it's just a game.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BOMBO ©

    The number keeps changing. 40. 23. 68. Will it go up or down? I'm not a journalism student, but is there anything wrong with saying "dozens" or "unknown number" until the confusion settles down and they get a better estimate?

    February 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RAGE Against the Machine

    Soccer Sucks!
    Its the sport for boys who can't make the football team!

    February 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy ©

    Lord have Mercy, what the hell is WRONG with people?
    Agreed.
    This wasn’t about soccer at all.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jj

    What is it with soccer fans?

    February 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • leeintulsa

      @jj: now that's unfair.. yeah, i know, europe riots about it, too..

      we have soccer in america. when was the last soccer-related blood bath in the US?

      we're better than that. the sport, and its fans, are innocent.

      February 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    These soccer fans take the game way too seriously.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    February 2, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      So what?

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  9. Kathryn (Kathy) (Bogala) Calgary Alberta

    Soccer is an incredibel sport – however the needless violence surrounding the sport around the world needs to end! Nothing like this happens in Canada!

    February 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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