Egypt fans protest as stadium stampede verdict nears

By REUTERS
January 18, 2013 19:14

CAIRO - Hundreds of soccer fans gathered in Cairo on Friday to demand justice for 74 people killed in a stadium stampede last year, as a court prepared to issue a verdict in the case.

Hostility between Egypt's police and hardcore football fans has simmered for years, but worsened after the disaster last February at the Port Said stadium during a match between Cairo's Al Ahly and local side al-Masry.

Many of those killed were crushed when panicked fans tried to escape from the stadium after a post-match pitch invasion by Masry supporters. Others fell or were thrown from terraces, witnesses said.

Many fans accused security forces of causing the disaster to punish them for taking a frontline role in the street revolt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.


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