Around 1000 Egyptians gathered in front of the Tunisian embassy in Cairo, chanting pro-Tunisia slogans, in the wake of unpleasant incidents that took place during Zamalek’s match with Club Africain at Cairo Stadium on Saturday.
A free-for-all erupted in stoppage time of the Champions League game after the Whites had a goal correctly disallowed for offside, with thousands of fans getting onto the pitch to attack Tunisia’s Africain players as well as Algerian referee Mohamed Maknouz, who called off the match.
Facebook pages were created shortly afterwards, calling for a gathering in front of the Tunisian embassy in Egypt in order to apologise to the North African country for the disgraceful match invasion and assaults.
Indeed, a large number of young Egyptians waving Tunisian fags and few Algerian ones congregated ahead of the embassy in the upmarket district of Zamalek, causing a traffic standstill in the process. Some of them wore replica Zamalek jerseys.
Several banners and placards written in Arabic and French read “I'm sorry” while the youths chanted “Egypt and Tunisia are one hand” and “Egypt and Tunisia are one revolution”.
Both countries witnessed full-scale revolutions that resulted in the overthrow of their respective presidents this year.
Tunisian tyrant Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled his country on 14 January following an uprising that lasted for around a month.
Egyptians were soon inspired by the Tunisians as the 25 January revolution saw Hosni Mubarak toppled on 11 February.
Other revolts erupted later in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, among other countries in the region.