MP, footballer's mother demands parliament postopone session after clashes

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 24 Mar 2012

The mother of striker, Mohamed Zidan, a Port Said MP, calls for parliament session to be rescheduled in light of deadly clashes between football fans and army in Port Said early Saturday

Reda Nour El-Din
Zidan's mother Reda Nour El-Din

Member of Egypt’s parliament, Reda Nour El-Din, has demanded that today’s joint parliament session be postponed in solidarity with Masry football fans who were involved in clashes with the army in her hometown, Port Said.

In the early hours of Saturday, clashes erupted in the coastal city between Masry’s angry supporters and army forces after Egypt's Football Association (EFA) announced sanctions against the club. The sanctions were imposed as punishment for deadly attacks in a Port Said stadium during a football match between the home team, Masry, and the visiting team, Ahly, in February. The government and EFA insist on the assumption that the attackers were Masry fans, to which residents of Port Said object.

"Port Said youth have just been killed without any interference from the authorities," shouted Nour Eldin, the mother of Egypt striker, Mohamed Zidan during today’s meeting.

Specifically, EFA banned Masry for two seasons and decided to close Port Said Stadium, the site of the deadly attacks, for three years.

During the Port Said clashes after the sanctions were announced, a 13-year-old boy died and dozens were injured as the army tried to prevent the supporters from storming the Suez Canal.

MP Nour El-Din called for swift action to end the escalating crisis.

"We must postpone today’s meeting in solidarity with people in Port Said," she emphasized.

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