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Fans to attend final league phase games: EFA chairman

EFA chief says he got a verbal agreement from the interior minister to allow fans attend final league matches

Omar Zaazou, Thursday 24 Apr 2014
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Egyptian Football Assocation (EFA) chief Gamal Allam says fans will be allowed to attend the final league phase games following a meeting with the interior minister and club officials.

In a radio statement, Allam claimed that he got the green light from authorities to stage the mini league phase in the presence of fans, who haven't been able to cheer on their sides from the stands since the start of the season.

"The interior minister promised me to allow fans to return to the stands," Allam told a radio channel.

"In fact, he showed great flexibility while discussing the matter, as he finally agreed to allow their return.

"There will still be meetings between security, EFA, club officials and fans' representatives to coordinate the fans' return.

"The number of fans allowed in, however, has yet to be determined."

Fans' attendance to matches has been a critical matter ever since the calamitous Port Said incident in February 2012, when some 74 Ahly supporters were killed in clashes that took place after a league game.

A limited number of Ahly and Zamalek fans were initially allowed to attend their sides' respective Champions League games, but altercations between both fans and security forces early last month ahead of continental games renewed the long-standing enmity between both parties.

It remains to be seen, however, how games are going to be staged in the fans' presence, with the interior ministry having always been reluctant to secure games to avoid any potential tension with the hard-core supporters.   

The final date of the mini league phase is yet to be determined by the football association.      

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