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Brussels, 02 February 2012

EU response to football tragedy in Egypt

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, said:

I have conveyed to the Egyptian authorities my deepest condolences to the people of Egypt for the tragic loss of so many lives yesterday at a football match in Port Said. My thoughts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this tragedy. I also wish the many injured a full and speedy recovery. 

I hope an immediate and independent investigation will shed light on the causes of this tragic event.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for sport, said:

In my capacity as the European Commissioner responsible for sport, I entirely share the views expressed by Vice President/High Representative Ashton in reaction to the events in Egypt.

I was deeply saddened and shocked by the terrible scenes and loss of life witnessed in Port Said. My thoughts are also with those who have lost their loved ones and friends.

As with all sports, football can give rise to intense passions, but the events we have seen at the stadium are completely unacceptable.

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