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Egyptian league suspended indefinitely after another disaster

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Feb 2015
Ahmed Eid (R) of al-Zamalik and Hosam Ashour of al-Ahly fight for the ball during their Egyptian Premier League soccer match in Cairo, January 29, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's cabinet has decided to suspend the Egyptian Premier League indefinitely after clashes between Zamalek's fans and security forces left up to 30 dead on Sunday.

The decision came after an urgent meeting between Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the interior, sports and health ministers to discuss the disaster.

Zamalek's hardcore fans clashed with Egyptian police before a Premier League game against ENPPI in the deadliest football-related incident since the infamous Port Said disaster three years ago.

Police used tear gas to disperse members of the Ultras White Knights in front of Cairo's Air Defence Stadium, an army-owned venue, a few hours before Zamalek played ENPPI in a top-of-the-table clash.

Earlier on Sunday, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) suspended its decision to lift a crowd ban in league games after the clashes.

The Egyptian interior ministry said the clashes occurred after Ultras White Knights members tried to attend the game without buying tickets.

A league crowd ban that has been in place since the 2012 Port Said tragedy, which left over 70 Ahly fans dead, was partially lifted as authorities said they would gradually allow fans to return to the stands.

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09-02-2015 08:04am
Egypt League Suspended again
A football fan buys a ticket (5000 + were available) and if he can't buy a ticket watches it on TV with his mates. They don't use metal road traffic barriers to try a break through a corden so that they can watch games for free. Time for Egypt to follow Europe introduce membership cards for football clubs and sell tickets to members only, and ban anyone who is not there to enjoy the wonderful sport of football. As an brit expat and football fan, I've attended hundreds of games in the UK and have also visited many football games in Egypt (before the first disaster) and I've been shocked by behaviour of some of the so called extreme-fans. It reminds me of the bad old days of UK football before we tackled the problem of our Ultras. The only way forward and stop self inflicted disasters is to ban the extreme supporter groups, introduce membership cards and return this game back to the real sports fans.
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