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Egypt marks anniversary of 2012 Port Said football riot

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Egypt marks anniversary of 2012 Port Said football riot


Egypt has marked the third anniversary of the Port Said football riot that killed more than 70 people.

It was the worst incident of football violence in Egyptian history and the deadliest worldwide since 1996.

Most of the victims were fans of Al-Ahly, Egypt’s most popular football team, which was playing local Port Said team, Al-Masry.

The melee broke out after fans of Al-Masry stormed the field following a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly.

Many of those killed where crushed when trying to exit the stadium.

Port Said is home to most of the 73 men accused of involvement in the bloodshed.

Of those, 21 were convicted and sentenced to death in 2013 – but last year the Cassation Court accepted the appeals of those found guilty and ordered retrials.


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