Three dead as police, Cairo football fans clash

2015-02-08 21:07


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Cairo - Three people were killed and 20 injured on Sunday when police and supporters of Zamalek football club clashed in Cairo, the health ministry in the Egyptian capital said.

The clashes erupted outside a stadium in the city's northeast after fans tried to force their way into the venue to watch a game, the ministry said.

The match between the Zamalek and Enbi was open to the public, unlike most other games between Egyptian football clubs since deadly stadium riots in Port Said in 2012.

However, the interior ministry had restricted to 10 000 the number of spectators allowed into the stadium, and tickets quickly ran out.

Angry members of the Ultra White Knights, a group of hardcore Zamalek fans, tried to force their way into the stadium, police said.

Police fired tear gas to disperse them, before the Zamalek supporters let off fireworks, police and witnesses said.

In February 2012, more than 70 people were killed and hundreds injured in post-match violence following a game in Port Said between Cairo's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry.

The riots, considered the deadliest in Egypt's sports history, were largely blamed on supporters of veteran leader Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in early 2011 after a popular uprising.

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