Egypt soccer fans, troops clash; 1 killed
Friday, March 23, 2012
CAIRO (AP) -- Witnesses say Egyptian military and police clashed with thousands of angry soccer fans in a Suez Canal port over the suspension of their club following a deadly riot last month. A medical official says a teenager was killed.
They say troops fired tear gas and shot into in the air to disperse protesters affiliated with Port Said's Al Masry club. Clashes erupted late Friday and continued until early Saturday.
The official says dozens were injured. He spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Egypt's soccer association banned Al-Masry for two seasons and closed Port Said stadium for three years after the deaths of 74 people on Feb. 1. Prosecutors have charged nine policemen with assisting the attackers from the Al-Masry stands.