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73 reported killed as Egyptian soccer fans riot on field

At least 73 Egyptians were killed Wednesday in violence following a soccer match in Port Said, when fans flooded the field seconds after a match against a rival team was over, Egypt's Health ministry said.

It was one of the worst incidents of sports violence in Egypt in decades.

A security official and a medic said fans of the home team, Al-Masry, swarmed the field after a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly, Egypt's top team. They threw stones, fireworks, and bottles at the fans and injured some players.

A medic at a morgue in Port Said, a city on the Mediterranean coast, said some of the dead were security officers. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to
speak to reporters.

The causes of the deaths were not immediately known.

The ministry's statement about 40 dead was carried on state TV.

The players were later taken to

Added: Feb-1-2012 Occurred On: Feb-1-2012
By: ChillyFox
World News, Other Middle East
Tags: football, soccer, riot, fans, Egypt,
Location: Port Said, Ash Sharqiyah, Egypt (load item map)
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