Ahly and Zamalek league matches postponed

Ahram Online, Wednesday 10 Apr 2013

Military stadiums refuse to host Ahly and Zamalek league matches after Ahly fans damage Borg El-Arab stadium during 2-0 win over Tusker in CAF Champions League

Ahly and Zamalek
Al Zamalek's Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (C) fights for the ball with Al-Ahly's Ahmed Fathy and Shehab El-Din Ahmed during their Egyptian Premier League derby soccer match at Cairo Stadium December 30, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)

Ahly's and Zamalek's matches against Mahalla and Ittihad of Alexandria in round ten of the Egyptian Premier League have been postponed.

The competitions committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) made the decision after military stadiums refused to host the matches.

"The management of Borg El-Arab stadium refused to host the two matches after Ahly fans damaged it during their match against Kenyan side Tusker [in the CAF Champions League round of 32]," EFA spokesperson Azmy Megahed told Ahram Sports on Wednesday.

"The association is in negotiations for the games to be played behind closed doors," Megahed added.

Ismaily v Tala El-Geish in the same round will be held at Dar El-Defaa stadium after Military Academy stadium refused to host it.

"We do not intend to cancel rest of the season due to the current problems. The association, under the presidency of Gamal Allam, is keen to continue the season but without fans in attendance at matches," Megahed said.

This year's league is known as the 'martyrs' league' and is being played in two groups after all domestic competitions were suspended for a year due to the Port Said Stadium disaster that left more than 70 Ahly fans dead in February 2012.

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