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Dozens Killed In Clashes After Egypt Soccer Match

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MSNBC.COM - Soccer fans rioted Wednesday following a soccer match in the port city of Port Said, throwing stones, fireworks, and bottles in one of the worst incidents of sports violence in Egypt in decades. More than 70 people were killed. 

A security official and a medic said fans of the home team, Al-Masry, swarmed the field after a 3-1 win against Al-Ahly, Egypt's top team, triggering riots in several parts of the stadium.

Rival fans shot firebombs and fireworks at each other and threw stones, bottles and other objects at each other and some players. Live television footage showed fans running onto the field and chasing Ahly soccer players.

A health ministry official in Port Said said at least 72 people were killed, NBC News reported.

Hundreds of people were injured, officials said. Hesham Sheiha, deputy health minister, told state television most of the injuries were caused by concussions and deep cuts.

YouTube video of soccer violence

A medic at a morgue in Port Said, a city on the Mediterranean coast, said some of the dead were security officers.

The players were later taken to the locker room for protection, Sayed Hamdi, a player, told state TV.

"One of the fans died in the dressing room," Ahmed Nagi, an Ahly goalkeeping coach, said on Egyptian state television. "And there are thousands of wounded lying in the hallways."

Soon after the violence, another scheduled soccer game in Cairo Stadium between the Al-Ismailiya and Zamalek teams was called off in mourning for the violence in Port Said. Egyptian state TV showed protesters setting fire to the stadium by angry fans. Flames roared from the upper decks.

Politics cuts deep across soccer teams in Egypt and their fans. Al-Ahly's fans, known as the Ultras Ahly, have been at the forefront of the revolution leading chants and protests against the military.

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