Ahly and Ismaily clash postponed for security reasons

Mahmoud Mohamed, Sunday 11 Dec 2011

Tuesday match would have been played to an empty ground after Ahly fans' behaviour

Ahly V Ismaily

Egypt's Ministry of Interior on Sunday informed Cairo giants Ahly that their Egyptian Premier League encounter against Ismaily, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed for security reasons.

Ministry officials decided to delay the game due to the need to secure the second stage of the parliamentary elections.

Earlier in the day the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced that the game would be played behind closed doors due to the behaviour of Ahly supporters, including their continued use of fireworks during the games.   

Hardcore Ahly fans, the Ultras Ahlawy, previously declared their insistence on attending the clash with Ismaily despite the EFA’s sanction.

“We confirmed during the Dakhliya game that we are going to attend the Ismaily match. And we will attend,” read a statement by the Ultras Ahlawy-UA07 Facebook page, which boasts more than 255,000 members.

Ahly sit atop the Egyptian Premier League table with 14 points, four ahead of the Dervishes who lie seventh.

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