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Garrido: I’m in pain because I live in Egypt
Al Ahly’s manager Juan Carlos Garrido and director of football Wael Gomma commented on the incidents that led to the death of 30 Zamalek fans in the Air Defence Stadium on Sunday before the top-of-the-table clash between Zamalek and ENPPI.
The game between Zamalek and ENPPI finished 1-1 but was overshadowed by the horrific incidents that resulted in the death of at least 30 Zamalek fans due to brutal clashes with the police forces.
Al Ahly’s manager said: “I’m sad and in pain because I live in Egypt. What happened yesterday is a catastrophe that was due to disorganisation of the match.”
“Football fans were starting to regain their normal routines since the Port Said incident,” he added.
Garrido blamed Zamalek’s President, Mortada Mansour, for the horrific incidents, saying that his refusal to supply tickets to the faithful fans is the main reason for their death.
“I hope that the league is not suspended for too long. This country needs stability, and the cancellation of the league would only harm Egypt,” he concluded.
Al Ahly’s director of football, Wael Gomaa was devastated by the events, and explained his shock that some fans lost their lives only because they didn’t have match tickets.
“Football stadiums in Egypt are turning into graves now,” he added.
“The league should continue as it’s the best preparation for Al Ahly to their upcoming CAF Champions League campaign,” he concluded.
It’s well worth mentioning that Wael Gomaa was one of Al Ahly players present during the horrific Port Said tragedy, three years ago.