Riots after a football match in Egypt's Port Said have left 73 people dead and at least 1000 injured, in what a deputy minister called the biggest disaster in the nation's football history.All hell broke lose when Al-Ahly fans displayed banners insulting Port Said. Most of the injuries and deaths occurred when fans fell from the stands or were trampled.
Violence at football matches across north Africa has increased significantly since political unrest began sweeping the region more than a year ago, and one player described Wednesday's riot as "a war, not football".
Angry politicians and sports officials decried a lack of security at the match between Port Said team Al-Masry and Al-Ahly, one of Egypt's most successful clubs, and blamed the nation's leaders for allowing - or even causing - the tragedy.
Wednesday's trouble flared at the end of a match when Al-Masry beat Al-Ahly 3-1.
Reports are chaotic but there may now be as many as one hundred dead with perhaps over a thousand injured. The rioting spread out from the stadium and into Port Said; sections of the stadium were in flames.
The Prophet's soccer fans reacting to perceived insult in their typical fashion, nothing to see here folks...
"We have heard they are preventing ambulances [from entering]", a Sky News reporter in Cairo said, noting Egyptian football fans were "known for their fanaticism".And the baby Mohammed smiles.
"[But] why this has happened no one can explain or understand."
'This is not football. This is a war'