Angry Egyptian Fans Torch Soccer Federation

Blaze follows acquittal of seven of nine police officials on trial for their alleged role in a deadly stadium melee last year, while deaths sentences confirmed for 21 fans in the case.

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Fans of Cairo's Al-Ahly club stormed Egypt's soccer federation headquarters on Saturday, setting it ablaze in anger after a court acquitted seven of nine police officials on trial for their alleged role in a deadly stadium melee last year.

Fire also swept through a nearby police club, but it was not immediately clear whether Al-Ahly fans were responsible for that blaze as well. Heavy black smoke billowed out of the rose-colored, three-story neocolonial building in central Cairo.

The fires followed a court verdict earlier Saturday that confirmed death sentences against 21 people for their role in the 2012 riot that killed 74 people after a game in the city of Port Said. The court also sentenced two senior police officers to 15 years in prison, but acquitted seven other security officials.

Smoke and fire rises from the Egyptian Soccer Federation after protesters set fire following a court verdict in, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Credit: AP

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