25 people dead in Egyptian soccer pitch invasion: TV

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Posted: Feb 01, 2012 2:09 PM
25 people dead in Egyptian soccer pitch invasion: TV

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed and hundreds of others injured on Wednesday after a soccer pitch invasion in the Egyptian city of Port Said, a healthy ministry official said.

The game was between Al Ahli, one of Egypt's most successful clubs, and al-Masry, a team based in Port Said. Live television footage showed fans running onto the field and chasing Ahli soccer players.

Hesham Sheiha, deputy health minister, told state television most of the injuries were caused by concussions and deep cuts, calling the incident "unfortunate."

(Reporting by Ali Tolba and Dina Zayed; Editing by Andrew Heavens)