Al-Ahly fans torch Egyptian football federation headquarters

Egyptian fans torch football federation HQ
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Fans of Cairo's Al-Ahly club storm Egypt's soccer federation headquarters and set it ablaze after seven of nine police officials on trial were acquitted for their role in a fatal stadium melee.

Fans of Cairo's Al-Ahly club stormed Egypt's soccer federation headquarters, setting it ablaze in anger after a court acquitted seven of nine police officials on trial for their alleged role in a fatal stadium melee last year.

Fire also swept through a nearby police club but it was not immediately clear whether Al-Ahly fans were responsible for that blaze, according to THe AP.

The fires followed a court verdict earlier today that confirmed 21 people had been given death sentences for their role in the 2012 riot that killed 74 people after a game in the city of Port Said.

The court also sentenced two senior police officers to 15 years in prison, but the acquittal of seven other security officials incensed Al-Ahly supporters.

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