Egypt soccer riot leaves at least 73 dead

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Egyptian-soccer-riot.jpgAn Egyptian soccer match between two longtime rivals brought grim reminders of the worst days of last year's revolution. A riot broke out as fans of the winning team swarmed the field and attacked the opposite team and fans, reportedly killing at least 73 people, according to the LA Times.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which controls nearly half of the new parliament blamed the massacre on people connected to toppled President Hosni Mubarak. This all took place in the town of Port Said after their team won a surprising victory over visiting team Ahly from Cairo. After Port Said supporters took over the field, Ahly players and fans ran for cover beneath the stadium and into locker rooms.

The locker room "looks like a morgue," said Ahmed Nagui, an Ahly coach. "The events in Port Said are planned and are a message from the remnants of the former regime," Essam Erian, a member of parliament with the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said in a statement.

Egyptian TV later quoted medical authorities as saying at least 73 people had been killed. The Health Ministry reported that most appeared to have died of suffocation, head trauma and stampede-related injuries, though some were beaten. More than 1,000 people were injured, policemen among them.


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