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'Police did absolutely nothing': Cairo coach

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'Police did absolutely nothing': Cairo coach


The Cairo club Al Ahly’s Portuguese coach has returned home to his native country saying the scenes he witnessed in Port Said changed his life.

His assistant coach Pedro Barny, who is also Portuguese, told euronews the police failed to intervene to stop the trouble.

“Throughout the entire game, and even before it started, there were already serious security problems. Clearly identifiable al-Masry fans frequently went by (onto the pitch), and the police did absolutely nothing,” he said.

“As soon as the game ended, the al-Masry fans came in the direction of our supporters and surrounded them, they couldn’t get out, they couldn’t escape.

“Those that we did manage to gather together into our changing rooms, fortunately we could save and give them first aid. Those who couldn’t manage to escape, died inside our changing rooms.

“I think that what happened yesterday has little to do with the football match itself. Before, during and after the game all that was said and communicated had no connection to the game or the result, but it did have something to do with what is happening in the country at the moment.”

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