75 face trial over football fans' deaths

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The Independent Online

Prosecutors yesterday ordered 75 people to stand trial for causing the death of 74 fans in the country's worst football disaster.

Among them is the head of security in Port Said, where lax policing was blamed for the crush that followed a pitch invasion when Port Said-based al-Masry beat Cairo's Al Ahli on 2 February.

Fans trying to escape were crushed to death when steel doors were bolted shut.