Brain Bush’s Blog

Egyptian Soccer Violence

  • By : Brian Bush
  • February 3, 2012
  • 4:57 pm
  • Categories: Sad

Hello Friends,

The situation in Egypt continues to burn from the outrageous events at the conclusion of a soccer match in Port Said.

79 people lost their lives and over 900 people were injured in the post game violence.

Egyptian soccer violence is not unfamiliar to local matches – but never since 2006 this widespread and deadly.

Yesterday we had three deaths and over 400 injuries in rioting.

Tonight, after Friday prayers, will be the true test.

People's anger is focused on the Military Government that is ruling Egypt, and the organized soccer fans – called 'Ultras' last night besieged the country's Interior Ministry across from Tahrir Square.

The main theory over how all this got started is that pro-government men were planted into the crowd to disrupt the event.

It is possible that that was true, as there, by accounts, were large amounts of knives and clubs present in the mealy.

The other theory is that after the unexpected defeat of the team from Cairo, rival fans began to brawl being fueled by a large banner that was present throughout the game stating that those Cairo supports were not 'men'.

The ruling Egyptian military government has declared three days of mourning for the dead – but this has not slowed the violence nor kept people of the street. If anything they have gotten worse…

The Military rulers hosted the Cairo team promising to find all those who instigated the violence and to punish them severely, but clearly the situation is bigger than what they can handle at the moment.

The government also announced the firing of the entire league leadership and suspended the rest of the league's season,

For their part the 'Ultras' are now saying that they will begin targeting Egyptian Generals.

As of now – it appears we haven't reached the climax of this very sad occurrence. I'll have a live update on Monday's Harvest Show – be sure to tune in!

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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