FIFA demand Egypt investigation

02 February 2012 01:18

FIFA have demanded a full report into the violence at the match in Egypt on Wednesday night that left more than 70 people dead.

Al Masry fans invaded the pitch after a surprise 3-1 win over Cairo club Al-Ahly in Port Said, with reports stating as many as 79 people died in the ensuing violence.

FIFA said in a statement: "FIFA has asked the Egyptian authorities for a full report on the incidents in order to evaluate what happened."

There have been claims that security forces and police did not do enough to intervene, and that the violence was tied up with the political power struggle in the country. FIFA, the game's world governing body, asked the Egyptian authorities to explain exactly what happened.

In a letter to Egyptian FA president Samir Zaher, the world governing body's president Sepp Blatter offered support and said: "Today is a black day for football and we must take steps to ensure that such a catastrophe never happens again.

"Football is a force for good and we must not allow it to be abused by those who mean evil. I await further news from you concerning the circumstances of this tragedy."

Home fans reportedly armed with sticks and knives stormed the field after the final whistle.

Reports suggest some Al-Ahly fans suffocated, trapped in a narrow corridor as they fled the violence.

Al-Ahly's Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has returned to Portugal to ponder his future after being attacked, while his assistant coach Pedro Barny backed up the claims that security staff did too little.

Jose told "I was beaten with fists and kicks to the neck, head and feet. I saw our fans die before us and we are unable to do anything."

Source: PA