Thursday Kickoff: Egypt FA board dissolved, Barca ties and more

Thursday Kickoff: Egypt FA board dissolved, Barca ties and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Egypt FA board dissolved, Barca ties and more

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Egypt Riot (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

A day after a riot at a club soccer game in Egypt left at least 74 dead and many others injured, Egypt's prime minister has dissolved the Egyptian FA's board.

Kamal el-Ganzouri announced the decision to dissolve the board during Thursday's emergency parliamentary session, and also said that the governor of Port Said (where the game took place) and the area's police chief have resigned.

FIFA, too, has taken action, as it wants answers from the Egyptian FA after violence erupted following Al Masry's 3-1 win over Al-Ahly on Wednesday. Fans stormed the field after the surprise result, some reportedly with knives, and that led to the violent scenes which claimed the lives of 74.

There have been claims that security at the game did not do enough to stop the violence and that it was linked with the political power struggle in the country.

Here are more stories to get your Thursday going:

MESSI MISSES PENALTY KICK AS BARCELONA DRAWS

Barcelona was held to a 1-1 draw by Valencia on Wednesday in a Copa del Rey semifinals first leg that saw Lionel Messi miss a penalty kick. In a rare moment, Messi was denied of the go-ahead goal in the 56th minute when Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves guessed correctly by diving low to his own left. Valencia had originally taken the lead in the game off a finish from Jonas, but Carles Puyol evened things up before halftime.

The second leg of the semifinals series will be played at Camp Nou on Feb. 8.

BOLTON HOLDS ARSENAL TO SCORELESS DRAW

Bolton Wanderers took a much-needed point in their fight against relegation on Wednesday, as they played Arsenal to a scoreless draw. Arsenal will rue its missed chances in a match it could have won, with most of the looks on goal coming in the first half. Thierry Henry played 21 minutes in the game for Arsenal while Tim Ream did not dress for Bolton (he is resolving some passport issues in the United States).

There were four other Premier League matches that took place on Wednesday. Fulham and West Bromwich Albion played to a 1-1 draw, Sunderland recorded a 3-0 win over Norwich City, Newcastle United took a 2-0 triumph over Blackburn, and Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers tied, 2-2. 

LAZIO DENIES AC MILAN CHANCE TO GO ATOP STANDINGS

AC Milan was unable to move into first place in Serie A on Wednesday after losing to Lazio, 2-0, on a pair of late goals. Hernanes gave Lazio the lead 14 minutes before the final whistle and Tommaso Rocchi added another goal for the hosts in the 85th. Milan's loss leaves them one point behind league leaders Juventus.

RONALDINHO HELPS FLAMENGO ADVANCE IN COPA LIBERTADORES

Flamengo reached the group stage of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday, and it can partially thank Ronaldinho for that. Having been part of the team that lost the first leg, 2-1, to Bolivian club Real Potosi last week, the Brazilian attacker sparked Flamengo's comeback on aggregate by scoring a goal and setting up another in a 2-0 win. Ronaldinho set up a headed goal with a free kick in the first half before finding the back of the net in second-half stoppage time with an effort from inside the area.

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What do you think of FIFA's demand for Egypt to open a full investigation? Surprised Messi and Barcelona were held to a draw in such a big game? Do you see AC Milan winning Serie A this season?

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