President Sisi Promises Investigation as Football Fans Rally Over Port Said Massacre

President Sisi Promises Investigation as Football Fans Rally Over Port Said Massacre

pablo (38)
A mother of one of those killed marking the fourth anniversary of the Port Said massacre in 2012.

As hundreds of Al-Ahly Sporting Club supporters, Ultras Ahlawy, gathered at a stadium to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2012 Port Said Massacre that left 73 people dead, President Sisi promised to commence an investigation into the incident.

“I call on the Ultras [Ahlawy] to choose 10 of their members whom they can trust to be part of an [investigative] committee…and determine what more can be done,” said President Sisi in a telephone call to popular television show Al-Qahera Al-Youm.

The Port Said Massacre saw the deaths of 73 football fans, mostly from Al-Ahly football club. The violence started after Masry supporters reportedly attacked Al-Ahly supporters with numerous weapons while security personnel stood by.

The incident saw the suspension of football matches across Egypt and has had longstanding impacts of Egypt’s football scene since then, with many matches closed to the public.

For the tragedy, 11 people were handed death sentences. The Court also sentenced 10 defendants to 15 years in maximum security prison, 15 defendants to 10 years in maximum security prison, and 11 defendants to five years in prison. Four more defendants were sentenced to five years’ labour, including Port Said’s former security director and the chairman of Port Said’s Masry club. Nine police personnel are among the defendants.

However, Ultras Ahlawy maintains that the real culprits and the police who stood by and watched remain unpunished.

“In such events with large crowds, it’s always difficult to determine the truth behind what happened,” said President Sisi addressing the discontent, adding that he promises to work with the youth to reach a more desirable outcome.

Damaged Roads Help Save Lives: Egypt's Traffic Authority
Egyptian Citizen Accused of Terror Attack on Saudi Arabian Mosque

Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News


Egypt Court Releases Mother of Suez FGM Victim, Postpones Trial to November

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016
John Kerry

US Shifts Over $100 Million of Aid Away From Egypt

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016

Egypt’s Mediation Efforts Secure Evacuations, Delivery of Humanitarian Aid, Says Foreign Ministry

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016
A worker sells subsidized food commodities at a government-run supermarket in Cairo, Egypt, Feb.14, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt to Consider Boosting Subsidies to Shield Low-Income Citizens from Hardships of Economic Reform

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
An Egyptian supporter waves a national flag during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match, at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Egypt to Reopen Stadiums to Soccer Fans for World Cup Qualifier

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
Egypt's military prepares ahead of new operations against militants in Sinai

43 Terrorists Killed in Egypt Military Operations

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
Archive photo

Police Conscript Shoots Dead Police Officer in Egypt Following Quarrel

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2016
The Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Khufu)

Scans Uncover ‘Cavities’ in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.