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Egyptian Premier League to resume after one-month suspension

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Egypt’s cabinet has decided Wednesday to resume the Egyptian Premier League on March 30, with games played behind closed doors after a one-month suspension.

The  was halted indefinitely after the Air Defence Stadium tragedy that left at least 20 Zamalek fans dead ahead of a league match with ENPPI early February.

The minister of interior and the youth and sports minister were present in the cabinet meeting that took the league resumption decision.

“There will be coordination between sports and interior ministries on the proceeding steps of the competitions,” the cabinet stated after their Wednesday meeting.

The Egyptian Football Association () have previously announced that the resumption of the league depends on receiving an approval from the Ministry of Interior and the Cabinet of Ministers. They asserted that fans will not be allowed into the stadiums.

Head of FA Competitions Committee Amer Hussein told earlier this week that the 2014/2015 league could face cancellation if the Ministry of Interior do not agree to the FA’s revised game schedule by March 22, as they won’t be able to finish it

The league is set to make its return with Zamalek, currently at the top of the table, ENPPI in the second place and Al Ahly pressuring at third.

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