Egypt parliament approves new sports law

Ahram Online , Monday 8 May 2017

Egyptian parliament
File Photo: A general view of the Egyptian parliament during a working session in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian parliament approved on Sunday a new sports law presented by the cabinet that would create a new judicial body for ruling on sports disputes and organise spectator attendance.

The parliament has referred the law to the president for ratification. If ratified, the sports tripartite committee will finalise the bylaw through extraordinary general assemblies of clubs and sports associations.

The key component of the law is the creation of a specialised body to settle sports disputes, such that they would no longer be heard in front of civilian courts.

The law also details penalties and fines for spectators who violate the ticketing system, verbally or physically assault other spectators or sportsmen, are found in possession of drugs or fireworks, or establishing an illegal group or association.

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