Egypt Zamalek's Ultras members released by military tribunal

Eslam Omar, Thursday 11 Aug 2011

Thursday morning saw the release of 18 youngsters arrested for rioting during an end of season football match

Zamalek fans

A military tribunal released Thursday 18 members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), hardcore Zamalek fans, arrested for hooliganism during match with Wadi Degla in July.

Six fans have been acquitted while the others have recieved suspended sentences of three and six months in prison.

Tens of UWK members supported their ‘brotherhood’ friends, holding successive protests before the court while the case was delayed three times.

The UWK members were arrested during riots during the 1-1 Wadi Degla draw on 7 July when the Whites lost their bid for their first Egyptian Premier League title since 2004.

“'Brothers in blood,' it’s time to apply our slogan,” the UWK Facebook page stated in a note calling for protest.

The scene of hooliganism featured angry fans hurling stones and bottles at policemen, two of whom were injured as clashes continued outside the stadium amid growing tensions in domestic football.

Zamalek finished second this season after archrivals Ahly, who claimed their seventh successive title

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