The politics behind Egypt's football riot

Updated: February 3, 2012, 1:38 AM ET
By Brent Latham | Special to ESPN.com

It's easy enough to confuse the riots that blighted a soccer match in the Egyptian city of Port Said on Wednesday for yet another in the long line of soccer matches blighted by hooliganism and crowd violence. At least 74 fans were killed -- many crushed to death as they tried to escape a bloodthirsty mob -- when rival supporter groups turned on each other after home team al-Masry's victory over Egyptian power al-Ahly. But the verdict on the ground in Egypt is nearly unanimous: While deadly crushes ...

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