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Blatter: Black day for football

2012-02-02 09:02

Geneva - FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday it was a "black day for football" and should not have happened when at least 73 fans were killed in violence after a match in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

"I am very shocked and saddened to learn this evening that a large number of football supporters have died or been injured," said Blatter in a statement.

"This is a black day for football. Such a catastrophic situation is unimaginable and should not happen.

"My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives this evening.

"This is a black day for football. Such a catastrophic situation is unimaginable and should not happen."

A security official said the violence erupted as soon as the referee blew the final whistle. Fans of Al-Masri, who beat Al-Ahly 3-0, invaded the pitch and began to throw rocks, bottles and fireworks at the Al-Ahly fans.

"The death toll, as a result of the unrest after the match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masri, has reached 73," Egypt's deputy health minister Helmy al-Efni said.

AFP

Comments
  • Sechaba - 2012-02-02 09:11

    i thought all soccer leagues are having a break due to the ongoing AFCON, why is it not the case with Egypt??????

      Chris - 2012-02-02 09:35

      @Sechaba, Egypt is not participating in this year's AFCON hence they can continue with their league games as it is not compulsory to break for AFCON if your country is not participating. S.A. should've done the same but the PSL decided to stick to their revised scheduled that accommodated the AFCON.

  • J.D. - 2012-02-02 09:24

    Dear mr Blatter in Africa the unimaginable happen daily.

  • Alva - 2012-02-02 10:06

    Wow! So tragic! What happened to soccer being the beautiful game?

  • Archie - 2012-02-03 07:57

    egpyt was a disciplined country under mubarak

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