Three Egyptian internationals retire after riots

Updated: February 2, 2012

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt internationals and Al-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 Al-Masry on Wednesday.

Aboutrika and Moteab told Al-Ahly TV that they would not play again after the mass violence that left at least 74 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 Al-Masry, while Moteab was a substitute.

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

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