I saw our fans die, says Al-Ahly coach Manuel Jose
By PA Sports | Posted 03-Feb-2012
Al-Ahly coach Manuel Jose spoke of his sense of helplessness after watching his club's fans die in front of him. More than 70 people died and hundreds were injured as Al- Masry fans invaded the pitch after a surprise 3-1 win over the Cairo club.
An Egyptian soldier attends to a wounded Al-Ahly supporter. Pics/ AFP
There is anger among some, who feel the security forces and police did not do enough to intervene. Jose himself was among those, who were attacked. "I was beaten with fists and kicks to the neck, head and feet," said the Portuguese boss, (65) who has also coached Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Braga in a 30-year career.
Jose was taken to his side's dressing room. "There I saw our fans die before us and we could do nothing. This has changed my life completely," he told www.el-ahly.com.