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Rockntractor
02-01-2012, 08:27 PM
At least 74 people have been killed and 1,000 injured after a football pitch invasion in Egypt, according to reports.

Clashes are said to have broken out as fans flooded the field seconds after the game in the northern coastal city of Port Said finished.

There were reports of rocks, bottles, flares and fireworks being thrown as politicians in the country criticised a lack of security at the match.

Doctors treating the victims said some had been stabbed to death. One player caught up in the rioting described it as "a war".

Troops have now been deployed on the streets and dozens of people have been arrested.

Port Said, Egypt

One player likened the scenes in Port Said to 'war'

Witnesses said most of the deaths involved people who had been trampled in the crush of panicked crowds, or who fell from terraces.

Deputy health minister Hesham Sheiha told state television: "This is unfortunate and deeply saddening. It is the biggest disaster in Egypt's soccer history."

Fans of the home team, Al Masry, swarmed the field after a rare 3-1 win against Al Ahly, one of Egypt's top teams.

Khalil Fahmy, Sky News Arabia correspondent, said police had been heavily criticised for doing nothing to intervene at the ground.

He said: "Many people were crying for help, for police or army intervention. They spent almost an hour without any army or police protection - this resulted in the bad injuries of hundreds of people.

"Most of the dead were killed by head injuries."Read more & video at link>http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16161259

We are seeing the start of the benefits from Obama's Arab spring.

NJCardFan
02-01-2012, 08:31 PM
You don't even see this type of behavior at a Raiders game. This is why soccer sucks.

Zathras
02-01-2012, 08:36 PM
Hmmm, I guess the Brits are not the only ones that can throw a decent after game riot when it comes to Soccer.

Zathras
02-01-2012, 08:39 PM
You don't even see this type of behavior at a Raiders game. This is why soccer sucks.

Well, that and being sleep inducing and played by men(?) that drop to the ground and roll around in faux agony when barely touched.

Bongo55
02-01-2012, 09:27 PM
You don't even see this type of behavior at a Raiders game. This is why soccer sucks.

I donít know... Iíve been to some pretty rough Chiefs vs. raiders games at Arrowhead. I'm a raider hater.

What a awesome place to watch football.

noonwitch
02-02-2012, 11:04 AM
What is it about soccer that makes fans so nuts? It's a boring sport to watch, even if it's fun to play when you're a kid.

AmPat
02-02-2012, 11:25 AM
What is it about soccer that makes fans so nuts? It's a boring sport to watch, even if it's fun to play when you're a kid.

It's a game designed to be frustrating. Think about it: Originally designed to allow men to blow off steam, a bunch of guys run around playing with a ball they cannot touch with their hands.
Now women are enjoying this facination with frustration only they get to occasionally kick the ball really hard. This explains soccer's rising popularity among women.;)

DumbAss Tanker
02-02-2012, 12:15 PM
What a fun place. Were they just trying to show England and Central America that they are every bit as civilized as those places?

Lanie
02-02-2012, 12:51 PM
What a fun place. Were they just trying to show England and Central America that they are every bit as civilized as those places?

They are when it comes to this.

DumbAss Tanker
02-02-2012, 01:15 PM
They are when it comes to this.

'zackly.

Rebel Yell
02-02-2012, 01:38 PM
What is it about soccer that makes fans so nuts? It's a boring sport to watch, even if it's fun to play when you're a kid.

If I had to sit through what seems like 8 hours of pure boredom to see 3 goals scored, I'd probably burn something down, too.

Novaheart
02-02-2012, 01:44 PM
What is it about soccer that makes fans so nuts? It's a boring sport to watch, even if it's fun to play when you're a kid.

Because without the violence in the stands, the game is a snooze. Not as big a snooze as golf, cause at least some of the soccer players are worth looking at, but a snooze nonetheless.