Thursday, February 2, 2012

'This is not football, this is a war and people are dying': More than 70 dead and 1,000 injured after pitch invasion in Egypt

At least 74 football fans were killed and hundreds injured after a pitch invasion in Egypt last night.

Trouble flared after a match in the city of Port Said when armed fans surged forward seconds after the final whistle.

The home team, Al-Masry, secured a rare 3-1 victory against the country’s top team, Al-Ahly.

According to officials, Al-Masry fans carrying knives swarmed on to the pitch, throwing stones, fireworks and bottles at rival fans, players and security officers.

Most of the victims are believed to have died from suffocation or head injuries, with some cornered in the stadium as parts of it were set on fire. The two teams have a long history of bad blood. Read More