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Coaches describe on-field Egypt riot scene

  • BBC, Friday, February 3, 2012 12:40 AM

Manuel Jose, coach of al-Ahly, has returned home to Portugal following the riots that erupted at the end of the game against al-Masry that left 74 people dead.

"I was beaten with fists and kicks to the neck, head and feet," said Jose. "I saw our fans die before us and we were unable to do anything."

Al-Ahly assistant coach Pedro Barny said: "What happened was an unspeakable catastrophe. From the beginning of the game, the fans of the opposing team were allowed to fire rockets and stones at us without any intervention.

"In the end, it turned into a state of madness without any role for the security in the stands. We tried to save the lives of some of the fans, but many died before our eyes."

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