London: FIFA are to donate USD 250,000 (157,321.75 pounds) to the families of the victims of last week`s Egyptian stadium disaster in which 74 people were killed after violence flared at a soccer match in Port Said between al-Masry and Cairo-based Al Ahli.
"I stated after the tragedy that this day was a black day for football. I`m still very shocked by what happened. Many of the victims were so young," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a statement.
"They were also a crucial support for their families, who now need help. The football community, including FIFA, must assist its Egyptian brothers and sisters."
FIFA said the sum would be paid into a charity account opened by Al Ahli.
At least 1,000 people were also injured in the violence when fans invaded the pitch after al-Masry`s victory on February 2. Most of the deaths were among people trampled in the crush of the panicking crowd, while others fell or were thrown from terraces.
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