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FIFA donates $250,000 for Egyptian victims

FIFA called on the global football community to assist the families of the victims of last week's riot at a football match which resulted in 74 deaths also stating on Tuesday that it would donate $250,000.

Reported by: Agence France-Presse
Last updated on Wednesday, 08 February, 2012 12:15 IST
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Geneva: FIFA called on the global football community to assist the families of the victims of last week's riot at a football match which resulted in 74 deaths also stating on Tuesday that it would donate $250,000.

The victims died when violence erupted following the match between Al Masry and Al Ahly in Port Said.

World football's governing body said in a statement the sum would be paid into a charity account opened by Al Ahly on Sunday.

"I stated after the tragedy that this day was a black day for football," said FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

"I'm still very shocked by what happened. Many of the victims were so young. They were also a crucial support for their families, who now need help.

"The football community, including FIFA, must assist its Egyptian brothers and sisters."

Story first published on: Wednesday, 08 February 2012 12:13 IST

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