In Egypt after a soccer match, a stampede ensued resulting in 74 dead. 74 Egyptians have been killed & 1000 have been injured on Wednesday in violence following a soccer match in Port Said, when fans flooded the field seconds after a match was over.
Violence broke out in the coastal town of Port Said after that city’s team won a rare victory over the visiting Ahly, a powerhouse club from Cairo. Port Said supporters rushed the field immediately after the game as chaos spread and players and fans from Ahly ran for cover beneath the stadium and into locker rooms.
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s ruling military council, ordered two helicopters be sent to Port Said to fly out some of the visiting Al Ahli soccer team and its fans, and return them to Cairo. The helicopters would transfer the injured to military hospitals.
Angry politicians and sports officials decried a lack of security at the match between Port Said team al-Masry and Al Ahli, one of Egypt’s most successful clubs, and blamed the nation’s leaders for allowing — or even causing — the tragedy. Some enraged Egyptian politicians accused officials still in their jobs after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak of complicity in the tragedy, or at least of allowing a security vacuum in which violence has soared since last year’s revolution.
It was one of the worst incidents of sports violence in Egypt in decades. After this violence, its better to described Wednesday’s riot as “a war, not football match.”