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Egypt court confirms death sentences over football riot

Egypt court confirms death sentences over football riotEgyptian court upheld death sentences against 10 people convicted over the riot that claimed 74 lives at a stadium in Port Said in 2012, judicial and security officials said on Monday.

The ruling by the Court of Cassation, which is final, excluded an 11th defendant who remains at large after his death penalty was also confirmed in June 2015 by another court.

The court also upheld sentences of life imprisonment for 10 people and five years for 12 others, including Port Said's security chief at the time, said the officials who requested anonymity as they are unauthorised to speak to the media.

Monday's ruling was welcomed by relatives of those who died in the riot.

The riot, the country's deadliest sports-related violence, broke out when fans of home team Al-Masry and Cairo's Al-Ahly clashed after a premier league match between the two clubs.

Most of the victims belonged to Al-Ahly's "Ultras," an association of hard-core fans now banned by authorities. The riot led to the suspension of Egypt's top soccer league for over a year.
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