Court upholds death sentences for 21 convicted Egypt football rioters

Over seventy football fans of the Al Masry team were killed during a stadium brawl that took place after a match between the Al Masry and Al Ahly teams
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Egyptians await the court verdict over the deadly football riot of 2012, in the Suez Canal city of Port Said on March 9, 2013. An Egyptian court handed down sentences ranging from one year in prison to life after a deadly football riot, and confirmed death sentences for 21 of the 73 defendants issued last month. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents of Port Said gather at a dock on the Suez Canal to demonstrate after the announcement of the final verdict in the case of the Port Said football massacre, on March 9, 2013, in Port Said, Egypt. Over seventy football fans of the Al Masry team were killed during a stadium brawl that took place after a match between the Al Masry and Al Ahly teams in the northern Egyptian city in February 2012. Two senior police officers, the Port Said Security Director Essam Samak and head of the Port Said Water Bodies Security Department, Mohammed Saad, received 15 year sentences, while seven other police officers were acquitted. Five Port Said citizens received life sentences on Saturday, and twenty one civilian death sentences handed down in a January ruling on the same case were confirmed. (Getty Images)
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An Egyptian al-Ahly football club supporter (Ultras) lights a flare as they await the verdict of the court over a deadly football riot in Port Said that killed 74 people last year in Cairo on March 9, 2013. An Egyptian court on upheld death sentences for 21 defendants over the riots, in a case that has already sparked widespread violence and threats of further unrest. (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Egyptian soldier stands guard in front a prison in the Suez Canal city of Port Said following the court verdict over the deadly football riot of 2012, in the Suez Canal city of Port Said on March 9, 2013. An Egyptian court handed down sentences ranging from one year in prison to life after a deadly football riot, and confirmed death sentences for 21 of the 73 defendants issued last month. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front a prison in the Suez Canal city of Port Said following the court verdict over the deadly football riot of 2012, in the Suez Canal city of Port Said on March 9, 2013. An Egyptian court handed down sentences ranging from one year in prison to life after a deadly football riot, and confirmed death sentences for 21 of the 73 defendants issued last month. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Egyptian al-Ahly football club supporters (Ultras) stand in front of a poster of portraits of the victims from the deadly football riot in Port Said that killed 74 people last year, as they celebrate in Cairo on March 9, 2013, after an Egyptian court upheld death sentences for 21 defendants over the clashes. The court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, also handed down life sentences to five defendants, with 19 receiving lesser jail terms and another 28 exonerated. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Al-Ahly club supporters run away from smoke and flames rising from the police officers' club in Cairo on March 9, 2013, after several buildings in the complex were set on fire. According to a senior security official, hardcore Al-Ahly football fans, known as the Ultras, stormed the complex and set fire to the buildings after an Egyptian court upheld death sentences for 21 defendants over a deadly football riot in Port Said last year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents of Port Said gather at a dock on the Suez Canal to demonstrate after the announcement of the final verdict in the case of the Port Said football massacre, on March 9, 2013, in Port Said, Egypt. Over seventy football fans of the Al Masry team were killed during a stadium brawl that took place after a match between the Al Masry and Al Ahly teams in the northern Egyptian city in February 2012. Two senior police officers, the Port Said Security Director Essam Samak and head of the Port Said Water Bodies Security Department, Mohammed Saad, received 15 year sentences, while seven other police officers were acquitted. Five Port Said citizens received life sentences on Saturday, and twenty one civilian death sentences handed down in a January ruling on the same case were confirmed. (Getty Images)