In an Egyptian court on Sunday, 11 people were handed the death sentence for their involvement in the 2012 riots in the city of Port Said, where 73 people sadly lost their lives.
Over 1000 people were injured in the riot, after al-Masry fans stormed on to the field to celebrate a momentous victory over Egyptian giants, al-Ahly.
Most of the victims unfortunately lost their lives after being trampled on, or after they had fallen from the stadium’s terraces, according to witnesses and health workers, in one of the world’s most shocking football events in history.
NDTV Sports reported that the decision can still be appealed, which may take several years, as well as the decision still needing approval from Egypt’s most religious authority, the Grand Mufti.
Over 70 arrests were made after that tragic day in Egypt where the many lost their lives, and originally, 21 people were set to be sentenced to death.
This incident came 22 years after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 people were killed and over 750 people were badly injured in one of the world’s worst football disasters - in a FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, after it was reported that the police and stadium security allowed too many fans into the grounds.
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