Bebo ceremony to ease tension at Ahly v Masry match

Eslam Omar, Monday 30 Jan 2012

Police and clubs hope ceremony for legendary Egyptian player Bebo – who is to undergo brain surgery – will ease tensions before Wednesday's match in Port Said

Egyptian legend Mahmoud El-Khatib “Bebo" (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahly have welcomed a proposal by the security director of Port Said, General Essam Samak, to hold a ceremony for Mahmoud El-Khatib “Bebo” – who is to undergo brain surgery to remove a benign tumour –  before the Ahly v Masry match on Wednesday, in a move designed to ease possible tension between supporters.

“We will give all the fans Bebo posters and urge them to pray for Bebo to get well soon,” Samak said on the TV sports program, Modern Kora.

“We share good bonds with Masry and its great fans,” Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told Ahram Online.

Bebo, 57, is a former Ahly midfielder and currently the club's vice-president. He is due to travel to Germany for medical treatment.

The move came amid concern about potential crowd trouble, which has seen a marked increase this season. The latest outbreak of crowd violence occurred during the week-16 match between Masry and Ismaily.

“We are working on a plan to secure the Cairo-based fans from the moment they arrive in the city until they leave,” Samak added.

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