Egyptian football federation dissolved

Egypt’s prime minister Kamal el-Ganzouri has dissolved the country’s football federation, after 70 fans were killed in tragic circumstances in a game between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry in Port Said.

The board members will now undergo questioning from prosecutors, as the northern African nation tries to recover from the atrocity.

The Port Said province police chief has also resigned, after Al-Masry supporters stormed the pitch with sticks and knives, causing death to 70 away fans.

Fifa has called for a full investigation into the incident, whilst Al Masry president Kamel Abu Ali has resigned from his post also.

Al-Ahly coach Manuel Jose has returned to his native Portugal to consider his future, and spoke of his horror at events earlier in the week.

“I was beaten with fists and kicks to the neck, head and feet. In the dressing room I saw our fans die before us and we were unable to do anything.” he is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

“Nothing happened to any of the players but we feel overwhelming sadness and the return flight was made in silence, full of respect for the lives of our fans who died.

“I have to think about my life differently now. Although everybody loves me greatly here, this experience has changed my life completely,” the trainer concluded.

By Gareth McKnight