Ahly, Zamalek ordered to play behind closed doors, again

Hatem Maher , Sunday 30 Oct 2011

For the second time this season, as a result of trouble between fans, Ahly and Zamalek have been ordered to play behind closed doors

Fire works

Ahly and Zamalek have been ordered by the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) competition committee for the second time in less than a week to play behind closed doors due to the excessive use of fireworks amongst fans.

The Cairo giants will now play two successive home matches without their spectators as the EFA continues its “clampdown on disorder”.

According to the sanctions, Ahly will face promoted Dakhleya and bitter foes Ismaily behind closed doors. Zamalek will play Ittihad El-Shorta and Masry without their fans.

The hardcore fans of Ahly and Zamalek lit many firecrackers during the victories over Ittihad of Alexandria and El-Entag El-Harby respectively, despite frequent warnings by the EFA over the use of pyrotechnics.

They were also punished after their fans chanted offensive songs, the EFA said in a statement on its official website.

Port Said-based club Masry were handed a similar punishment after crowd troubles marred their 1-1 draw at home to Smouha.

The match was stopped for around eight minutes after home supporters, some of whom invaded the pitch before being ejected by security personnel, threw bottles and stones onto the pitch.

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