Ahly study 'protection' against Ultras protests

Eslam Omar, Wednesday 17 Oct 2012

Management look into plans for increased security to prevent club from repeated 'invasions' by football fans calling for action on Port Said disaster

Ahly's fans wave flags and light flares as police in riot gear stand guard in a match agaainst rivals Zamalek in 2010 (Photo: Reuters)

Ahly are studying a security programme to protect the club's two branches in Cairo from angry supporters.

Ahly’s hardcore fans have attacked the club's headquarters on a number of occasions to demand the board back them in their campaign to secure justice for the people killed and injured during the Port Said disaster.

All domestic football activity in Egypt has been suspended since 1 February when more than 70 Ahly fans died in clashes with rivals Masry after a league game in Port Said.

“The club is studying the cost of a full security programme to avoid any possible storming of the club as this terrifies our members,” the club said on its website.  

Nine senior police officers and three Masry club officials are among the 73 people facing charges in relation to the Port Said event. Some of the defendants face murder charges, while the senior officers have been charged with assisting the attackers.

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