The president of Egypt's soccer federation and his board of directors resigned Saturday, having already been fired by the country's prime minister following the riot at a game that left more than 70 dead.
The verdict on the ground in Egypt after the football riot is nearly unanimous: While deadly crushes and crowd-control issues have plagued soccer for decades, don't heap the blame for this tragedy on the game, writes Brent Latham.
Many Egyptians, from the public to lawmakers, on Thursday blamed the police and the country's ruling military for failing to prevent the rioting among fans that resulted in the world's soccer violence in 15 years.
Soccer players take a lot of grief about feigning injuries and taking dives. But this guy's reaction is legit, after he smacks an opponent in the face and then gets punched out. The ensuing melee is not a normal sight on the soccer pitch, either....