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EFA issue warning to clubs over fan attendance


The Egyptian Football Association () sent a letter to teams, warning them against exceeding the approved number of fan attendance during league matches.

According to the EFA, some recent matches have seen the number of attending fans exceed the approved number agreed upon before the beginning of the league, which is a total of 25 for each club.

In response, EFA executive director Tharwat Sweilam issued Monday some instructions and regulations and ordered the clubs to abide by them for the safety of the players and the teams.

The regulations included:

  • Any team must send a list of the attending fans, who should not exceed 25 board members and executive staff, at least 48 hours before the match.
  • Referees and officials have been notified not to start any match if the number of allowed fans present is more than instructed. Also, if the number of fans increases during the match, the match will be suspended until they are sent out of the stadium and the team’s fans causing the delay will be fined according to EFA regulations.
  • The home side is responsible for organising and not allowing the number of approved fans to be exceeded.

Fans were banned in February 2012 after Port Said Stadium disaster that left 72 Al Ahly fans dead. The ban was lifted in February 2015 but immediately re-imposed after 20 Zamalek fans died at the Air Defense Stadium stampede.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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