On Thursday, a riot broke out at a stadium in Port Said, Egypt following a soccer match between rivals Al-Masry and Al-Ahly. The home team, Al-Masry, earned a surprising 3-1 victory over Al-Ahly, the top team in Egypt's top professional league.
Energized fans did what fans have done on countless occasions around the world: they rushed the field. In a typical sight, one seen during soccer games in Italy, Mexico and dozens of other football-loving nations, red flares burned brightly in the stands.
But as the flares flames began to spread, a conflagration overtook the stadium and the scene on the field could no longer be considered a celebration at all. Players from both teams sprinted to their locker rooms for safety as Al-Masry fans began attacking their opponents and opponents' supporters.
A total of 74 people were killed in the event, many of them trampled or stabbed or bludgeoned to death. Victims were buried on Thursday.
The league has been indefinitely suspended and an emergency session of parliament called. But anger and frustration have turned toward the Egyptian government and state police, and on Thursday, more people were hurt when Al-Ahly fans and impartial Egyptian citizens protested in front of the Interior Minister.