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Egyptian fans to return to the stands
The Ministry of Interior has released an official statement regarding the return of fans to the stands starting from the second half of the season.
The Egyptian Football Association have announced through their official website that an agreement has been reached between the Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim and the Minister of Youth and Sport Khaled Abdel-Aziz, regarding the admittance of the Egyptian fans to Egyptian Premier League fixtures, starting from the second half of the season.
A meeting was held between both ministers with the attendance of Gamal Allam – president of the Egyptian Football Association – and Tharwat Sweilam – CEO of the Egyptian Football Association – at the Ministry of Interior.
During the meeting, an agreement was reached that 10,000 fans would attend matches held at the Cairo Stadium, Air Force Defence Stadium, Arab Contractors Stadium and the Borg El-Arab Stadium, while the other games selected by the Egyptian Football Association will be attended by 5,000 fans.
Both ministers then stressed that the number of fans specified by the EFA must be enforced through the number of tickets issued to the public.
The Football Association has committed to forming new rules and regulations to assure order is maintained in the stands, as well as before and after matches.
It must be noted that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab had previously promised the return of fans to matches, following the upcoming parliament elections.
Mahlab also campaigned for the return of football fans to the stands during the final phase of the 2013/2014 season, but to no avail.
A crowd-ban has been imposed on domestic games since the February 2012 Port Said stadium massacre that claimed the lives of 72 fans.