2 Soccer Players Among Dead in Egyptian Riots

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2013

Tragedy has once again struck on the streets of Egypt, as soccer players Mahmoud Abdel-Halim al-Dizawi and Tamer al-Fahla were among 27 people killed during riots this week, according to an Associated Press report.

The riots stemmed from a judge's sentencing of 21 people to death after another soccer-related riot last February.

Here are a few more details on the tragedy, courtesy of the Associated Press:

The director of hospitals in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Port Said says two soccer players are among the 27 people killed in riots there. Violence erupted in Port Said after a judge sentenced 21 people to death in connection with a Feb. 1 soccer melee that killed 74 fans of the Cairo-based Al-Ahly team.

The attending physician, Dr. Abdel-Raham Farah, said that al-Dizawi, who played for Port Said's Al-Marikh outfit, was shot three times and passed away during the riots.

A former player for Al-Masry, al-Fahla was also shot by rioters and died, per Farah. 

The riots in the streets of Port Said stem from one of the ugliest incidents of soccer violence in world history. On Feb. 1, political tensions stemming from a two-year-long Egyptian revolution against the government and on-field rivalries came to a head.

During a match between Al-Masry and Cairo's Al-Ahly outfit, fans stormed the field and fought during a soccer match in Port Said. The fighting lasted for hours and left 74 fans dead and over 1,000 injured, according to a CNN report.

Unrest once again escalated this week after the judge's ruling. At this time, the rioting is still ongoing, and the Egyptian military has been dispatched to restore order in the streets.