On 1 February, 74 Ultras Ahlawy members (hardcore football fans) are killed in clashes between the Masry and Ahly football clubs in Port Said Stadium. Many later suggest that the massacre was punishment for the Ultras’ activism during the revolution and for chanting ‘Down with SCAF’ at an earlier football match. The following day, thousands of protesters and Ultras march to the interior ministry to protest the stadium massacre. Clashes later erupt with security forces leaving hundreds injured.
The international media has reported that Egyptian police incited the massacre, since the Ultras have also played a political role at the forefront of pro-democracy protests. Activists were already speculating that some of the thugs regularly hired by supporters of the old Mubarak regime might have been involved in the violence.