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Soccer riot in Egypt, which is strange because it’s usually such a mellow country (video)

Apr 4, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

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Egypt and Algeria are not the best of soccer buddies; you may recall the World Cup qualifying match in 2009, when Egyptian fans didn’t even wait for the Algerians to get off their team bus at their hotel before throwing rocks at them.

This time cooler heads prevailed; that is, they waited for the game itself to resume hostilities. It was during a match between Egypt’s Zamalek and Tunisia’s Club Africain in Cairo when a Zamalek goal was disallowed due to an offside penalty called by an Algerian ref, causing Zamalek supporters to rush the field and unleash hell.

Huffington Post:

Fans were said to have attacked the players and lit flares on the field, causing the match to be abandoned. According to Reuters, nine people were injured and Egypt’s prime minister apologized for the incident.

Please tell me that isn’t what I think it is in the photo above … a guy checking his cell phone messages during a riot? Aye Carrumba.

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Zamalek Fans Riot, Rush Field After Disallowed Goal Against Africain [Huffington Post]