Egypt’s Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri on Thursday announced that he had sacked the board of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and a handful of government officials.
According to the Prime Minister, Port Said’s governor, a security head and a chief investigator have been fired. The latter two have been arrested.
Meanwhile, Egypt started three days of mourning on Thursday after 74 people died in clashes following a soccer match last night. The riots in the northern city of Port Said marked Egypt's deadliest incident in football history and sent shares on the Cairo stock exchange plunging 2.14 percent on Thursday.
For his part, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim has said most of the deaths were caused by the crush but medics said some people were stabbed.
Egypt's state prosecutor has ordered an immediate investigation into the violence, while the parliament says it will convene an emergency session to discuss the incident.
The clashes were blamed by the Muslim Brotherhood on supporters of toppled president Hosni Mubarak.
"The events in Port Said are planned and are a message from the remnants of the former regime," said Egyptian legislator, Essam al-Erian, in a statement on the website of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political wing.
“This tragedy is the result of negligence and the lack of army and police, and those running the country bear the responsibility," he added.
State television said Egypt’s military ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi sent two military planes to fly out the players and the injured from Port Said late Wednesday. He stressed that the country’s security “is fine” as he waited at a Cairo airport to meet the players and wounded fans.
Moreover, according to alarabiya news,Ahly player Mohamed Abo Treika described the violence as war as Masry fans invaded the pitch after the referee blew the whistle, even though the team had beaten Ahly 3-1.
“This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no security and no ambulances,” Abo Treika told the Ahly television channel. “I call for the premier league to be cancelled. This is horrible situation and today can never be forgotten.”
In Cairo, Hundreds of people have blocked Tahrir Square in central Cairo to road traffic, RIA Novosti reports.
They are protesting against the lack of action by the authorities which in their opinion led to the tragedy at the football stadium in Port Said on Wednesday.