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Port Said football deaths trial disrupted by protest

By AP CAIRO: The opening trial of those charged in connection to the deaths of 75 people killed in Egypt’s worst football violence was briefly adjourned when defendants erupted in protest to proclaim their innocence. The 73 defendants, among them nine senior police officers, face charges relating to the riot after a football match in …

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Angry soccer fans shake Egypt’s fragile peace

By Tom Pfeiffer and Osama Khairy / Reuters CAIRO: Lingering enmity between Egyptian soccer fans and police since the country’s deadliest stadium disaster could shatter a fragile calm on the streets as the army prepares to hand power to civilians. Many soccer supporters are convinced a post-match stampede that left 74 people dead in Port Said …

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Ultras continue PA sit-in, MP criticizes Port Said isolation

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Hundreds of Ultras Ahlawy, Al-Ahly soccer team’s fan club, continued a sit-in for a second day in front of the People’s Assembly to demand swift trials for those involved in the Port Said football massacre and a suspension of sports activities in the country pending retribution for the martyrs. On Feb. 1, …

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Officers to face trial for Port Said massacre; Ultras march for justice

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud referred Thursday 75 defendants, including nine policemen, to court for their alleged involvement in the Port Said football massacre. “The accused were sent to a criminal court on charges of committing the crime of intentional and premeditated murder,” the general prosecutor’s office said in a statement …

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MPs demand end of Port Said ‘smear campaign’

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Port Said parliamentarians said Tuesday that the smear campaign against the people of the province must stop, and urged a fact-finding committee investigating the February ‘massacre’ to conclude its report. During the morning session of the People’s Assembly, MPs from Port Said demanded that action be taken to stop the ongoing attack …

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Egypt season canceled in wake of match violence

By AP CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association has canceled the rest of this season’s league matches in the wake of rioting at a match last month that killed 71 people and injured hundreds of others. The league was suspended less than halfway through the season after the deadly stampede on Feb. 1 in Port Said …

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