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235 members of Ultras White Knights referred to military prosecution over post-football game violence

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Jul 2017
Football Violence
Seats and stones seen on pitch of Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria at the end of Egypt's Zamalek and Libya's Al-Ahly Tripoli football game on July 9, 2017
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An Alexandria prosecution has referred 235 members of football fan club Ultras White Knights to military prosecution over rioting at Borg El-Arab Stadium after Zamalek’s CAF Champions League group stage game against Ahly Tripoli earlier this month.

The prosecution has charged the defendants with joining an illegal group, preventing state authorities from carrying out their duties, endangering lives, assaulting police, vandalising public property, thuggery and the possession of fireworks.

Clashes between the group and security forces resulted in the injury of seven people and damage to seats and gates at Borg El-Arab, also known as the Egyptian Army Stadium.

The defendants were detained pending investigation three days after the incident.

In May 2015, an Egyptian court banned Ultras fan clubs.

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