Egypt court sentences 11 to death over fatal football riots

An Egyptian court has handed down the death penalty to 11 men after they were found guilty of being involved in the country’s worst football violence three years ago. Another 41 defendants received prison sentences.

The sentences announced on Tuesday came at the end of a retrial after Egypt’s top appeals court overturned a 2013 verdict in the same case in which 21 defendants were condemned to death. A second appeal is still possible.

The clashes between long-time rivals of Port Said’s al-Masry team and visiting Cairo team al-Ahly took place on February 1, 2012 during Egypt’s tense and highly politicized period of military rule following the 2011 January revolution which brought an end to three decades of rule by dictator Hosni Mubarak. Seventy-four people were killed in the football stadium violence.
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