Egyptians See Political Overtones in Deadly Soccer Riot


“Updated | 11:46 p.m. As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports, Egypt’s Health Ministry said Wednesday that at least 73 soccer fans were killed, and hundreds more wounded, in clashes that erupted after a match that night in the city of Port Said. Television images of the mayhem showed that hundreds of fans of the home team, Masry, poured onto the pitch after a 3-1 victory and began chasing players from the visiting team, Ahly, which is from Cairo. There were immediate questions about the apparent lack of security at the stadium, and instant replays after the game focused not on the action on the field, but on images of police officers standing by as fans rushed past them.” NY Times (Video)

Egypt football violence: Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes
“Nearly 400 people have been injured in Cairo in fresh clashes between police and protesters angered by the deaths of 74 people on Wednesday after a football match in the city of Port Said. Thousands marched to the interior ministry, where police fired tear gas to keep them back. Earlier, the Egyptian prime minister announced the sackings of several senior officials. Funerals of some of the victims took place in Port Said.” BBC (Video)

The Ultras, the Military, and the Revolution
“The violence at Port Said last night has generated enormous commentary on twitter, and a beginning of media coverage of varying quality. One of the best summaries came last night at The Lede blog of New York Times — it’s quality largely due to the fact that it is composed of the tweets and videos generated on the ground in Egypt. You can read a good critique of a different, earlier, article by the New York Times — which like a certain number of other reports focused on the supposed ‘savagery’ of the ultras and downplayed the political context and valences of the event — here.” Soccer Politics

Egyptian Soccer Riot Kills More Than 70
“At least 73 people were killed in a brawl between rival groups of soccer fans after a match in the city of Port Said on Wednesday, the bloodiest outbreak of lawlessness since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak one year ago.” NY Times

James Dorsey
“Anto is joined by Middle East football expert currently at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies and is the author of the Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer to discuss the stadium tragedy at Port Said this evening which resulted in at least 73 killed and up to 1,000 injuries in the hours after bloody confrontations. James provides us some background and insight into the background of the ultra movement in Egypt and how these elements have connection to the uprising in Egypt during the fall of Mubarak in the past year.” Beyond The Pitch

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