Three Ahly players retire after violence

Three Ahly players retire after violence

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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 19:17
AP

Egypt internationals and Ahly players Mohamed Aboutrika, Emad Moteab and Mohamed Barakat say they have retired from all football after witnessing the deadly clashes between fans at their league game against Masry on Wednesday.

Aboutrika and Moteab told Ahly TV that they would not play again after the mass violence that left at least 71 people dead at a stadium in the Mediterranean city of Port Said.

Midfielder Barakat didn't rule out returning one day, but told the channel he refused to play until there was "retribution for the people that died.''

Aboutrika and Barakat started the game against Masry, while Moteab was a substitute.

Ahly's Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has also reportedly asked the Cairo club to cancel his contract and allow him to return to Portugal.