Egypt soccer riot retaliation for revolution?

A three day period of mourning is underway after a deadly clash between soccer fans.

At least 74 people were killed in rioting after a game between two bitter rivals.

But this was soccer violence with a political overlay, and the rioting in the seaside city of Port Said is raising questions about security in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Egypt army, police blamed for soccer bloodshed

The police on duty at the Port Said game are being accused of colluding in the violence. They seemed to do nothing to prevent the home team fans from flooding onto the field, and there's a history here.

The Cairo team's fans - known as the Ultras - were heavily involved in Egypt's street revolution and have been heard chanting anti-security forces slogans at other games.

So was this payback? There is a fierce rivalry between the two teams and some sort of trouble was not a surprise. But did the security forces allow and even encourage the attack to happen?

Those are the sort of conspiracy theories now sweeping across Egypt, with the security forces now even more the focus of public anger.

To see the Mark Phillips report, click on the video in the player above.

  • Mark Phillips

    Mark Phillips returned to the CBS News London bureau as a correspondent in 1993. He has covered many major stories since then, including the war in the Balkans, the death of Princess Diana and the weapons inspection conflicts in Iraq.

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