Report: Death toll rises in violence after Egyptian soccer match


View Photo Gallery: Reports indicate the death toll has reached 73, with hundreds of injuries, after rioting erupted at a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.

At least 68 people were killed and hundreds injured in rioting that followed a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt, according to state television.

There are varying reports of the number of casualties, with some reports citing 73 deaths. CNN reports that over 1,000 were injured, with 150 of those injured critically.

Violence erupted after El Masry, the home team, beat Al Ahly, Egypt’s top team, 3-1. State television showed images of fleeing players as fans ran onto the pitch, throwing stones, sticks and bottles. Egypt’s deputy health minister told the BBC that the death toll could rise, making this the worst disaster in Egyptian soccer history. It would be the worst worldwide since Oct. 16, 1996, when at least 78 people died and 180 others were injured in a stampede before a World Cup qualifying match between Guatemala and Costa Rica in Guatemala City.

A match in Cairo was halted when word of the violence in Port Said, on the Mediterranean coast, reached the capital.

“This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no security and no ambulances,” Mohamed Abo Treika of Al Ahly said (via Reuters). “I call for the premier league to be canceled. This is horrible situation and today can never be forgotten.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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