Ahly to remember Port Said victims at Club World Cup

Ahram Online, Reuters, Wednesday 5 Dec 2012

FIFA approves Ahly request to wear black armbands in memory of Port Said victims during Club World Cup which opens on Thursday in Japan

Ahli Players
Egypt's Ahli Players wearing shirts in solidarity with Port Said victims while they celebrate winning their African Champions League (CAF) after their final soccer match against Tunisia's Esperance (Photo: AP)

Ahly players will wear black armbands during the Club World Cup in Japan in memory of the 72 fans who died in February's Port Said disaster. FIFA has agreed to the move.

The Cairo giants will face the winner of Thursday's curtain raiser between Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima and New Zealand amateurs Auckland City.

Manager Hossam El-Badry, who announced earlier he would prefer not to meet the hosts, is eyeing global glory but does not want to put his players under pressure.

FIFA will implement goal-line technology for the first time in an official tournament.

“This is a kind of revolution," FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told reporters on Wednesday. "If you have the chance to touch perfection why wouldn't you try?"

Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea meet Mexicans Monterrey in the second quarterfinal before Ahly's game. Both matches take place in Toyota on Sunday.

European champions Chelsea will face Ulsan or Monterrey in Yokohama on 13 December.

An Egyptian court is currently investigating a number of people accused of involvement in the Port Said disaster. Seventy-two Ahly fans were killed and hundreds were injured during clashes with Masry fans in a league game in February.

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