The violence that led to the death of 74 soccer fans in an Egyptian League match between Al Masri and Al Ahly in Port Said on Wednesday has driven three prominent Al Ahly players to quit the game.Three Egyptian internationals Mohammad Abu Treika, Ehmad Moteb and Mohammad Barakat have announced retirement from the beautiful game after witnessing the ugly side of it in shocking scenes in the top flight football match in Port Said on Wednesday night.
The trio has shone for Egypt and were part of the history making Pharaoh squad which won the African Nations Cup three times in a row and helped their club Al Ahly to a record African Champions League trophies.
Their club coach, Portuguese Manuel Jose has also asked Al Ahly to terminate his contract.
Catastrophic scenes, which claimed 74 lives erupted after the home team Al Masry beat Egyptâ€™s top club Al Ahly 3-1 in a league match.
Supporters armed with knives, sticks and stones then stormed the pitch resulting in scores of fans being stabbed to death.
A narrow corridor stadium turned into a death trap as crowds of fans were crushed against a locked gate, as supporters of the local Port Said club, Al-Masry, chased Al Ahly’s players into their dressing room tunnel, while others threw stones and let off fireworks at the visiting supporters.
Meanwhile, Egyptâ€™s Football Federation has been dissolved with prosecutors set to question its members as funerals for dozens of people killed during the violent pitch invasion begin.
The clashes are the worst case of football violence in Egypt and the deadliest since 1996.