Video: Horrific scenes from the Egyptian football riots (Al Masry v Al Ahly)
No doubt you’ve already seen the horrendous footage of Al Masry fans storming the pitch to attack Al Ahly players and supporters. In case you haven’t, it’s in the video above.
Absolute carnage broke out when Al Masry secured a 3-1 victory over their fierce rivals. The home fans – many of them armed – swarmed the pitch chasing opposing players and fans, as well as security officials.
At least 74 people were killed in the clashes, with hundreds more injured.
One Al Ahly fan said: “Everyone was beating us. They were beating us from inside and outside, with fireworks, stones, metal bars, and some had knives, I swear.”
Witnesses and Al Ahly officials have suggested that the attack was motivated more by politics than football, and that the violence was orchestrated by remnants of Egypt’s old regime.
Ahly player Mohamed Abo Treika said: “The security forces left us, they did not protect us. One fan has just died in the dressing room in front of me.”
Absolutely harrowing stuff. Egypt has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the clash.