Last Update 10:48
Sunday, 20 October 2019

FIFA president asks Egypt's football fans to remain peaceful

Blatter says 'violence is never a solution' after angry football fans torch Egyptian Football Association headquarters to protest court ruling over Port Said disaster

Mahmoud Elassal, Saturday 9 Mar 2013
Sepp Blatter
FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 880
Views: 880

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked Egypt football fans to remain peaceful after the riots that followed a court ruling on Saturday.

"I pledge football fans in Egypt to remain peaceful," Blatter wrote on his Twitter feed on Saturday.

"Violence is never a solution and is contrary to the spirit of sport," he added.

Hundreds of hardcore Ahly fans, Ultras Ahlawy are reported to have torched EFA headquarters in an angry reaction to the verdict issued Saturday on the deadly Port Said football match.

On Saturday, Egypt’s court first confirmed the death sentences for 21 defendants that were originally announced on 26 January and were pending approval by the Grand Mufti, but who has yet to respond.

The defendants were charged for their role in killing 72 Ahly fans during an Ahly v Masry match in the Port Said stadium on 1 February 2012.

The Ultras are angry that only two of the police officers were convicted while seven were acquitted in the case.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO Sportsand on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports)

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.