Fifa want answers from Egypt
Friday, 3rd February 2012 at 02:46am
After riots at an Egyptian football match left more than 70 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, Fifa, football's world governing body, have demanded a full report into what took place.
Fifa has requested information on what exactly transpired following the match between Al-Ahaly and Al Masry on Wednesday.
Sepp Blatter, the head of Fifa, has written to the Samir Zaher, the President of the Egyptian FA, to ask what happened.
"Today is a black day for football and we must take steps to ensure that such a catastrophe never happens again," wrote Blatter.
"Football is a force for good and we must not allow it to be abused by those who mean evil.
"I await further news from you concerning the circumstances of this tragedy."
A number of senior officials of the Egyptian FA have already been sacked in the aftermath of the disaster.
To honour the memory of those who lost their lives, three days of mourning have been declared.
In addition, the quarterfinal matches of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will also observe a minute's silence.
Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football, wrote issued a statement on the governing body's website, saying "African football is in a state of mourning".