Egypt : 74 people in a riot after a football match in Port Said

Egypt : 74 people in a riot after a football match in Port Said

Port Said : Egypt | Feb 01, 2012 at 11:51 PM PST
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In this still image taken from video, soccer fans invade the pitch during a soccer match between Al Ahli and al-Masry in Port Said

CAIRO (AFP) - At least 74 people were killed and hundreds wounded in riots took place Wednesday evening at the Stade city of Port Said (North) after a football match, but these events have taken a political dimension with the accused of the Muslim Brotherhood, the remnants of Hosni Mubarak's regime of "managed "and carried the army to deploy in the city.

This outcome, which still is in fact a temporary result of one of the bloodiest matches in the history of the game of football.

The head of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) Joseph Blatter expressed his shock and spoke of a "black day" for this game.

Egyptian television broadcast pictures of the chaos in the stadium where the fans seemed to run in all directions. Web sites also published pictures of the players bleeding.

Medical sources in the hospital some of the victims died of stab weapon white.

Not yet known the exact reasons for the outbreak of the riots.

The shops closed their doors in Port Said, while the people move their cars the wounded to hospitals. The health ministry said in a statement "toll rose to 74 people including a policeman,"

The clashes also left hundreds wounded, according to information received by AFP from hospitals in Port Said. Medical sources said the toll may also rise and ambulances continue to transport the wounded from the stadium.

The media said the official head of the military ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, ordered to send two military planes to transport Al-Ahli from Port Said to Cairo.

The military airport in eastern Cairo, when meeing with that they gave "orders to treat the injured in hospitals and other armed forces."

He stressed that "these events will not affect in Egypt," adding that "the strong security of Egypt and all things will be corrected."

The television said that the Prime Minister Kamal al Ganzori-"will lead an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the events in Port Said." The vice president of the Freedom Party and Justice Committee Chairman Senate Foreign Relations people Essam El-Erian said in a statement published by the Brotherhood on the Internet that "the events of Port Said a letter from the former regime."

El-Erian said in remarks published on the site the other party of freedom and justice, "This tragedy caused by the negligence and the absence of a deliberate military and police to the delivery of signals and messages specific responsibility of the officials currently running the country."

"The collapse was not in sports facilities, but in the security system of retaliation against us, invitation to overturn a state of emergency and the deliberate sabotage of the country in memory of the revolution."

"There are those who want to deliberately create chaos in Egypt and to block any path of peaceful transfer of power."

He stressed that "Parliament will send a message to the Minister of Internal Security and the leaders of their responsibilities or to stay in their homes."

It is known that Al-Ahli and Zamalek fans participated strongly in the Egyptian revolution

The president of the People's Assembly Saad Katatni earlier held an urgent session of the Council of the People Thursday to discuss the riots in Port Said.

He called for independent Amr Hamzawy to the sacking of Interior Minister and the Governor of Port Said, director of security in the city immediately.

The deputy Social Democratic Party of Egypt (left center), Ziad al-Alimi stressed that party members would seek an urgent meeting of the parliament and call the ministers of interior and defense.

On the other hand a small fire broke out in Cairo Stadium on Wednesday evening after the end of the first half of the game between Zamalek and Ismaili, but it was brought under control quickly. The result for the fire to ignite the public Zamalek team banners they were carrying an expression of anger for what happened in Port Said, according to Egyptian television.

These events come as Egypt is a deterioration in the security situation since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, a year ago, because of the failure of the police from doing many of the tasks after the revolution, after the violent attack, which came to them because of the repression of demonstrators.

The Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud decision to open an immediate investigation into these events

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Police react as chaos erupts at a soccer stadium in Port Said city, Egypt
Police react as chaos erupts at a soccer stadium in Port Said city, Egypt
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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