Masry still barred from Egypt league, says Egypt FA
Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 8 Aug 2012
Sanctions imposed against the Port Said team in the aftermath of February's football disaster will stand, says association, barring it from playing next season

Masry will not be allowed to play in the Egyptian league this season, the Egyptian Football Association's (EFA) interim board said, despite a court decision to lift sanctions imposed on the team following February's fatal Port Said disaster.

''The competitions' committee will organise the fixtures of the next edition of the Egyptian league without Masry," said a statement on EFA's official website.

The Port Said side were banned from playing by the EFA for two seasons and demoted to the second division after their supporters invaded the pitch to confront Ahly’s visiting contingent in a home league game in February.

Ensuing violence left more than 70 fans dead and hundreds injured.

The club made an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which lifted the sanctions two weeks ago, saying the violence was not related to football or the team itself.

Domestic football activities have been suspended since the February tragedy, with the interior ministry insisting it will not provide security for any match unless 10 new safety requirements were met by cash-strapped Egyptian clubs.

The EFA president is due to discuss the resumption of the Leage with Egyptian authorities,

Minister of Sports El-Amry Farouk has stated that domestic football competition should restart.

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