Egypt's Masry play first game in Cairo since 2012 Port Said disaster

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Nov 2018

File photo of Egyptian side Masry (Photo: the club's official Facebook page)

Masry were allowed to play in Cairo for the first time since the 2012 Port Said tragedy, facing Wadi Degla in the Egyptian Premier League at Petrosport Stadium on Sunday.

The game was played behind closed doors after Degla got permission from security officials to stage the match in Cairo.

Masry were not allowed to face any teams in the capital due to security concerns, given the animosity between their fans and those of Cairo giants Ahly.

More than 70 Ahly fans were killed in coastal city Port Said after they were confronted by rival Masry supporters following the end of an ill-tempered league game in February 2012.

Masry also held their first match in Port Said since the tragedy last February when they hosted Zambia's Green Buffaloes in an African Confederation Cup preliminary-round game.

Ten people were sentenced to death last year and dozens were given prison terms ranging from five to 15 years over their role in Egypt's worst-ever football tragedy.

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