Football in Egypt is no longer the "beautiful game". February 2, 2012 was a disastrous day for Egyptian football. A riot during the closing minutes of a football game left 74 people dead and a veritable bloodbath on the pitch. Players fled for their lives. Following the tragic events of this day Egyptian authorities slapped a ban on the game.
In the end one of Egypt's top football teams, Al-Masry, was banned from play for two years and Port Said were banned from holding matches at their pitch for three years. This led to the fresh riot in which a 13-year-old boy has been killed. The boy was shot dead. Dozens of people sustained injuries as angry football fans fought with the Egyptian security forces.
Early reports indicate that the boy was shot in the back and that many of those injured were from the effects of tear gas.
Three club officials are among 75 people facing trial after the Al-Masry v Cairo match.
There is speculation by some in Egypt that these football riots have been instigated by supporters of the previous Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. It does however seem safe to say that Egypt as yet remains far fro a settled country.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog