PORT SAID: EGYPT - More than 70 people have been killed in what can only be described as a human stampede at a football match in Egypt's northern city of Port Said.
Blame for the mass violence, which took a match between two Egyptian teams, al-Masry and al-Ahly from one of rivalry to one of war, was pointed towards the supporters of the overthrown president, Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt's largest political structure, The Muslim Brotherhood, wasted no time in appointing the blame in that direction for the eruption of violence which also saw 1,000 football supporters and players injured.
Even with riot police at the game, most just looked on as football fans rushed the field after the match was over, which saw the al-Masry team winning over the match favourite and Egypt's top team al-Ahly.
Security officials at the game said the fans smothered the field chasing players and cornering their supporters around the stadium. Total mayhem ensued as stones and bottles were thrown at them.
Hesham Sheiha, the deputy health minister said "This is unfortunate and deeply saddening. It is the biggest disaster in Egypt's soccer history."
The head of Egypt's ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, sent in army helicopters to pluck trapped al-Ahly football players, along with their injured supporters out of the stadium. Riot police were sent in to drive the rival crowds of fans back.
The death and injury toll came from a lack of efficient security policing the event. Al-Ahly player Abo Treika told a TV channel, "This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no security and no ambulances." "This is a horrible situation and today can never be forgotten."
This is not the first time and it most certainly won't be the last time when we see clashes of this kind vibrating the feelings of the people which carries the deep resentments of their political persuasion.
Essam al-Erian a parliamentarian said in a statement on the Muslim Brotherhood's, Freedom and Justice Party website, "The events in Port Said were planned and are a message from the remnants of the former regime."
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he was "very shocked and saddened" to learn that a large number of football supporters had died or been injured". "This is a black day for football," he continued in a statement. "Such a catastrophic situation is unimaginable and should not happen."
The voice of the people speaking loudly at a football game reverberates the obvious void and uncertainty left after President Mubarak was ousted. A sad indictment where a supposed competitive match could turn so ugly and war like, killing just as many as it would on a battle field. And, to think a match between two rival sport's teams was often thought to be a form of anger management sublimation for the real deal.