Riots follow verdict in Egypt soccer deaths

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Protesters in Cairo set fire to the headquarters of Egypt's soccer federation and a police social club Saturday after a court acquitted most of the police officers charged over rioting by sports fans in Port Said. Clashes elsewhere in the capital left two dead.

The blazes were shown on state-run Nile News after the Port Said court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, allowed seven officers to go free. Fans of Cairo's Al Ahly soccer team blame security forces and the soccer association for the February 2012 riot that killed more than 70 of the club's supporters at a game in Port Said.

The court also upheld a January ruling that sentenced to death by hanging 21 fans of Port Said's Al Masry Club.

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One protester died Saturday from tear-gas inhalation and another from gunshot wounds in clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Mohamed Sultan, head of the national ambulance service, said from Cairo. Nineteen were injured, he said.

Last year's riot started when hundreds of Al Masry fans attending their team's match rushed across the field to the stands for supporters of the visiting Al Ahly club as police stood idle.

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