Up to 10,000 fans allowed to attend Egyptian football games

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Sep 2023

The Egyptian Professional League (EPL) announced on Monday that up to 10,000 fans, 5,000 for each team, will be allowed to attend each game in the new season, an increase from the 6,000 permitted last season.

File Photo: Football fans in Cairo International Stadium. REUTERS


"We have received the approval of the authorities to allow up to 20,000 fans for local games," Ahmed Diab, EPL chief, said during the draw ceremony held on Monday.

"We have requested to have the full capacity, but that's what we got until now. We are still in talks and we aim to increase the number."

Egyptian football games have been played behind closed doors for over a decade since the Port Said disaster that left 74 people killed in 2012.

The ban has been partially lifted over the past couple of years amid repeated demands to allow fans into the stadiums.

"When we arrived two years ago, only 50 supporters were allowed. Now we have 10,000 and we will continue our efforts until having full capacity," Diab added.

The new season is set to kick off on 18 September and end on 30 July 2024.

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