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The Port Said game was a face-off between two teams with a long history of fierce competition, Al-Masry, the home team, and Al-Ahly, which is Cairo-based and one of Egypt’s most popular teams. Al-Ahly was runner-up for the Asian club title in 1986, its best finish.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said he was “shocked and saddened” by the death, sending his condolences to the families of those who died.

“This is a black day for football. Such a catastrophic situation is unimaginable and should not happen,” he said in a statement. “I am very shocked and saddened to learn this evening that a large number of football supporters have died or been injured following a match in Port Said, Egypt.”


Associated Press writer Ben Hubbard contributed to this report.