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Officials sacked in football riot


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Officials sacked in football riot

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Senior officials in the Egyptian city of Port Said and the Egyptian football association have been sacked in the wake of riots yesterday at a football match in which 74 people died.
The governor of Port Said resigned, while the city’s director of security and head of investigations were suspended and are now in custody.
In Cairo people are marching in protest at the handling of the riots by police.
Protesters are blockading the Egyptian parliament, a private TV channel says.
“Protesters shut the doors of the People’s Assembly [parliament’s lower chamber] and refused to let MPs leave” after the emergency session, reported Misr 25 TV, which is sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest party in parliament.
Three days of national mourning have been declared.
The riot began when fans invaded the pitch after a football match involving top Cairo club al-Ahly and the Port Said side al-Masry. (BBC)

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