Egypt football chief: No third party in riots

MICHAEL CASEY AP Sports Writer Published:

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The president of the Egyptian Football Association says "no third party" was behind the rioting by fans at a match last month that killed 74 people and injured hundreds of others.

Magdy Abdel Ghany, speaking Thursday at a sports and security conference in Doha, also said the investigation into the riots that have resulted in at least 60 arrests would be finished by next week. But even before the findings, Ghany blamed a mix of lax security, social networking and a long-standing hatred between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly for the Feb. 1 tragedy.

Ghany also said he couldn't say when the league, which was suspended this month for the rest of the reason, would resume. However, he said a friendly tournament behind closed doors will take place soon.