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21 death sentences in Egypt football trial

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An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 21 people to death over football clashes that killed 74 people last year, as relatives of the deceased erupted into cries of joy in the courtroom. 

State television said that just minutes after the court verdict, relatives of the defendants tried to storm the prison where they were being held.

The court has now handed the verdict to the country's top cleric for his final opinion. Executions in Egypt must be authorised by the Grand Mufti.

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