#ThisDayInHistory: On This Day In 2012, 74 Football Fans Were Killed In Attacks At The Port Said Stadium In Egypt During A Football Match Between Top Egyptian Teams, Al-Masry And Al-ahly.
Written by Olaide Adewale on February 1, 2021
On this day in 2012, at least 74 people were killed and over 500 injured as a result of clashes between fans of Egyptian football teams Al-Masry and Al-Ahly in the city of Port Said in what is regarded as the worst African stadium football disaster.
Trouble started after thousands of Al-Masry spectators stormed the stadium stands and the pitch, following a 3–1 victory by Al-Masry, and violently attacked Al-Ahly fans using knives, swords, clubs, stones, bottles, and fireworks as weapons.
Seventy-three defendants including 9 police officers and 2 officials from Port Said’s Al-Masry club were charged in the aftermath of the riots.
As of February 2017, 10 defendants have been sentenced to death and 26 have been acquitted, including 7 police officers and 1 Al-Masry club official.
Of the remaining 37 defendants, 10 received 15-year prison terms, 9 received 10-year sentences, and 16 received 5-year sentences including the remaining 2 police officers and 1 Al-Masry club official.
1 defendant received a 1-year sentence and a retrial has been ordered for a defendant sentenced to death in absentia in June 2015.
As a result of the riot, the Egyptian government shut down the domestic league for two years, which affected the Egyptian national team.
Normalcy returned to Egyptian football after three years.
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