Al-Ahly Players And Staff React To Port Said Riots

We're now getting first-hand accounts of the violence in Port Said, Egypt, which left at least 74 people dead following rioting after the match between home side al-Masry and hated rivals al-Ahly. Assistant al-Ahly coach Pedro Barney, who fled the pitch with his players as fans attempted to chase them down, described the scene as an 'unspeakable catastrophe' and yeah, that sounds about right:

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.

Meanwhile, al-Ahly head coach Manuel Jose has returned to Portugal after the riots, and there's no real indication that he's interested in returning. Some members of the team have already announced their decision to quit the sport entirely, including goalkeeper Sharif Ikrami, who was injured during the pitch invasion - and has claimed that the entire al-Ahly squad will never play football again.

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