Egypt soccer federation president, board resign

February 4, 2012
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Egyptian fans rush into the field following Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Dozens of Egyptians were killed Wednesday in violence following a soccer match in Port Said, when fans flooded the field seconds after a match against a rival team was over, Egypt's Health ministry said. (AP Photo)

CAIRO (AP) — The president of Egypt's soccer federation and his board of directors resigned Saturday, having already been fired by the country's prime minister following the riot at a game that left more than 70 dead.

Egyptian Football Association Samir Zaher also was reportedly banned from leaving Egypt pending an investigation into the country's worst outburst of soccer violence.

Zaher and his board said in a statement they had "collectively resigned." They were fired by Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri on Thursday following the deadly stadium clashes in a move that could have been seen as government interference, which is not allowed by soccer's international governing body.

Saturday's resignations will likely be accepted by FIFA.