• Tim Mansel

    Whether or not Al Ahly supporters’ claims are true, what matters more is the perception. Many people here in Cairo think they’re true, and the already heated atmosphere here heated up several more notches after Wednesday night. We encountered an angry gathering of fans outside Al Ahly’s club headquarters on Thursday afternoon, and they were present in large numbers in Tahrir Square on Thursday night, many pointing the finger a the very top, the leadership of the SCAF, the military council that’s still in charge in Egypt.

  • magdi abdelhadi

    Great piece, articulates well the connection between football and politics and refutes – convincingly – suspicions swirling around the conspiracy theories. It’s really common sense for all Egyptians, that is how a police state has operated for decades and continues to.

  • Raz

    Soccer in egypt is not only a sport. It has always played a significant role in politics and social affairs. As terrible as this event is, it doesn’t surprise me.

  • Palegi

    Right on, David. I was miffed as to why none of the coverage in the US discussed HOW people died ar the stadium. That the gates on the Al Ahly end were bolted shut as their fans fled the charging El Masry lads is pretty damning evidence against the organizers and law enforcement. My condolences to the victims’ families.

  • Anonymous

    shocking stuff for a westerner like me…when are the next round of matches scheduled for? will there be a heavy police presence (not that it would do much good!)? or will the remainder of the season be cancelled?