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Egyptian Premier League to kick off in February

The premier league will be re-launched on 1 February 2013, following a year of suspension due to last year's bloody Port Said Stadium disaster

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 30 Dec 2012
Egypt Premier League
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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) will launch the new Premier League season on 1 February after a Saturday meeting between Egypt's sports minister and interior minister, according to the EFA's official website.

"All those in attendance of Saturday's meeting revealed their hopes that the league would start as soon as possible, as it will be an indicator of Egypt's stable security situation," read the statement on the EFA's website, Sunday.

"The premier league will start next February, though the first round will be played behind closed doors," the statement added.

"The EFA and the clubs' managements should reach out to fans in order to avoid unrest inside and outside the stadiums," it concluded.

The Egyptian league has been suspended since 1 February 2012, when 72 Ahly fans died in attacks allegedly initiated by opposing fans during a match at Port Said Stadium.

The EFA had already set three previous dates for possible league re-starts, but the interior ministry's constant refusal to give them the go-ahead proved a stumbling block.

Ahly fans insist that the Egyptian league should remain suspended until the court investigating the case issues a verdict. Hardcore supporters have vowed to ruin any domestic match held before the court reaches a decision.

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