Backchannels Egypt soccer tragedy claims 73 lives and fans rumors

At least 70 people died in a melee following a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt. The security failure is spawning rumors that the incident plays into the military's law-and-order appeal.

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A soccer match between Masry and Ahly in the Egyptian city of Port Said ended in tragedy today, with at least 73 people killed in a melee that broke out after the final whistle. Given the context of Egypt's political transition, the story is liable to become about a lot more than the latest in the long list of violent incidents started by soccer hooligans.