At least 74 soccer fans died in violence occurred after a soccer match, Wednesday February 1, 2012, between Al-Ahly club, one of the most popular soccer club in Egypt and Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said in Egypt. Seconds after the end of the game which scored 3-1 in favor to the home team, Al-Masry, fans armed with knives, sticks and stones, flooded the field, chased the visitor team’s players and fans. Most of those killed are fans of the Al-Ahly team. The coach of the Al-Ahly team was injured.
Those who died suffered from head injuries, stabbed wounds and suffocation.
The Egypt’s soccer federation suspended all soccer games in the country and declared 3 days mourning for those who died.
Due to the violence and the failure of the authorities to control it, the governor of Port Said and the chief of Police are reportedly resigned.
It was noted that the fans of Al-Masry were not intervened by the guards and the authorities while firing rockets and stoning the players of Al-Ahly team. Guards were caught by television camera at their posts just watching the violence. A police was also caught by the camera, talking to someone through cellphone while fans clashed in the field. The fans of Al-Ahly who tried to get out of the stadium were seen cornered in a locked gate, and were attacked by the fans of the opposite team.
Officials of the Egyptian Soccer Federation were dissolved by the Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri.