Politicians and fans blame Egyptian army for soccer violenceFebruary 2nd, 2012 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, Feb 2 (IANS) Egyptian politicians and football fans have blamed the army for the violence during Al-Masry’s 3-1 victory at home to Al-Ahly that left 74 people dead and up to a 1,000 injured in Port Said.
Numerous fans rushed to the field after their home team from Port Said, Al-Masry, defeated Al-Ahly, one of Egypt’s top clubs from Cairo, 3-1. Violence erupted as the fans clashed with their rivals and then later with the officials.
Hanan Zeini an Al-Ahly official did not feel the events of Wednesday night were impulsive. “I cannot believe these things happened randomly. I don’t think so, it was arranged,” he was quoted as saying by BBC.
Television footage reportedly showed the security forces doing little to stop the invasion, which has prompted people in Egypt to believe that the tragedy was allowed to take place.
“We fear that some officers are punishing the people for their revolution and for depriving them of their ability to act as tyrants and restricting their privileges,” the Muslim Brotherhood claimed.
Albadry Farghali, a member of parliament for Port Said, said: “The security forces did this or allowed it to happen. The men of (former president Hosni) Mubarak are still ruling. The head of the regime has fallen but all his men are still in their positions.”
- 74 dead, 1,000 injured in Egypt football violence (Third Lead) - Feb 02, 2012
- Football violence: Egypt announces three-day mourning - Feb 02, 2012
- 73 killed, 1,000 hurt in Egypt football stadium violence (Second Lead) - Feb 02, 2012
- Over 600 injured as police-protesters clash in Egypt - Feb 03, 2012
- East Bengal, Mohun Bagan finish 1-1 in I-League - Feb 04, 2012
- Egypt mourns soccer deaths, FIFA shocked at violence - Feb 02, 2012
- Soccer fans and policemen injured in Cairo - Sep 08, 2011
- Surveillance cameras for all Egyptian sports venues - Mar 19, 2012
- Egypt mulls transferring Mubarak to prison hospital - Apr 22, 2011
- Football matches postponed in Egypt for security reasons - Jan 29, 2011
- NASA rocket to bear name of Egyptian woman killed in protests - Feb 11, 2011
- Mubarak gets $339 as monthly allowance - Mar 29, 2011
- Mubarak's wife pens book on grandson - May 19, 2011
- Mubarak's assets not frozen in EU: Report - Feb 18, 2011
- "Very sick man" Mubarak 'fainting' due to psychological stress - Feb 15, 2011
Tags: al ahly, al masry, bbc, cairo, egyptian army, egyptian politicians, feb 2, football fans, former president, hosni mubarak, member of parliament, muslim brotherhood, president hosni mubarak, rivals, security forces, soccer violence, television footage, top clubs, tyrants, wednesday night