73 Killed in Egypt Soccer Riot

Fans storm the field after unlikely victory

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 1, 2012 2:15 PM CST

(Newser) – A massive riot broke out after a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt, today, leaving at least 73 people dead and hundreds more injured. The violence erupted after the home team, al-Masry, managed a 3-1 win against the favored al-Ahly, Egypt's top team, Voice of America reports. Al-Masry fans swarmed the field, hurling rocks, fireworks, and bottles and, according to one report, wielding knives, chasing al-Ahly players from the field.

Some of those killed were security officers, officials tell the AP. Parts of the stadium have been set on fire, and some players are believed to be trapped inside. Security was lighter than normal for the match, one BBC correspondent in Egypt said, adding that Egyptian soccer fans are notoriously violent—especially al-Ahly's super-fans, known as "Ultras," who have been implicated in recent political confrontations. Egypt's new parliament will hold an emergency session tomorrow to discuss the incident.

Egyptian police clash with fans after a football match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said, Egypt, February 1, 2012.
Egyptian police clash with fans after a football match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said, Egypt, February 1, 2012.   (Getty Images)
Egyptian Al-Ahly players escape from the field as fans of Al-Masry team rush to the pit during clashes that erupted after a football match between the two teams in Port Said, February 1, 2012.
Egyptian Al-Ahly players escape from the field as fans of Al-Masry team rush to the pit during clashes that erupted after a football match between the two teams in Port Said, February 1, 2012.   (Getty Images/AFP)
Flares are thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said, Egypt, on February 1, 2012.
Flares are thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said, Egypt, on February 1, 2012.   (Getty Images/AFP)
Riot police fill the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams, February 1, 2012.
Riot police fill the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams, February 1, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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