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Egypt clubs push for fans to resume attendance

Representatives from the Egyptian Premier League met with Mohamed Ibrahim Thursday to discuss resumption of fan attendance at football games

Karim Farouk, Friday 25 Apr 2014
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Representatives from the Egyptian Premier League (EPL) met with interior minister, Mohamed Ibrahim and top security officials on Thursday to urge the return of supporters to stadiums during domestic games.

“The interior minister agreed to allow fans back to stadiums during the final-four mini-league but this is according to certain criteria and there should be communication and coordination between the clubs and their groups of supporters,” a statement read on the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) website.

“The clubs explained how they are suffering from a financial crisis and hope the return of the fans will boost their revenues,” the statement added.

A crowd-ban has been imposed on domestic games since the January 25 2011 uprising that has severely damaged the atmosphere during games.

No specific details were announced after the meeting but according to Ahram Sports, security officials asked for a limited attendance and stated that fans should also have ids or clearance to make it easier to bar troublemakers from entry.

The clubs will hold a meeting on Saturday in the EFA headquarters to discuss the subject and implement the procedure for the supporters’ return.

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