(February 1st, 2012) Video showing the stadium in Cairo on fire after fans went on a rampage after the referee halted the game due to events in Port Said (the riots). Also included is up close footage at end of video. News and updated info below.
Cairo (CNN) -- At least 73 people were killed Wednesday when fans rushed the field and rioted after a soccer game in Egypt, a health ministry spokesman said. The clashes left at least 1,000 people injured, 150 of them critically, spokesman Dr. Hisham Shiha said. Most of the injured had
concussions and deep cuts, he said.
The fighting occurred in a stadium in the northeastern city of Port Said after the home Al-Masry team beat Cairo's Al-Ahly team 3-1. Fans from both sides bashed each other with rocks and chairs, said Mohamed Sultan, head of the ambulance association in Port Said.
Many of those who died fell from bleachers inside the stadium, according to Ahmed Saeed, an official from the Port Said governor's office. It was unclear whether intense sports rivalries or political tensions caused the clashes. Authorities have been dispatched to hospitals to interview the wounded and investigate, said Adel Saeed, a spokesman for Egypt's general prosecutor.
Egypt's military deployed two planes to transport the Al-Ahly team, some of its fans and some of the injured back to Cairo, he said. Port Said is about 125 miles (200 km) northeast of Cairo, where hundreds of angry fans gathered outside the Al-Ahly club's headquarters, vowing revenge.
"This is a plot to stir violence in Egypt. Why would a winning team attack others ... and kill them? We will not let this one go," Al-Ahly fan Ahmed Tabaei said. Protesters outside the club chanted, "Down with military rule; leave it to civilian rule." (Click news link for further info)
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Location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt (load item map)
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