Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports: Fans return in September
Egypt Youth and Sports minister, Ashraf Sobhy, announced that the Cabinet of Ministers agreed on Tuesday to the return of fans to stadiums.
The Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports recently released a statement in which they explained the outcome of the ministry’s meeting with the Egyptian Football Association ‘EFA’ as both sides discussed the fans’ return.
Both the ministry and the EFA have been trying to resolve this issue since 2012 after supporters were banned from attending games due to the death of 72 Al Ahly fans during the Portsaid massacre.
Earlier in 2018, the return of fans was halted after riots broke out in Cairo stadium when Al Ahly was facing Mounana in the CAF Champions League. Riots broke out between a part of Al Ahly fans who were attending the game and security forces, which resulted in the arrest of a number of the club’s supporters.
In this statement, it was announced that the return of the fans will be gradual allowing universities’ students to enter the games, in addition to working on raising the awareness of those who will be attending the games.
Ashraf Sobhy revealed that the gradual return will start with allowing 5,000 spectators to watch games from the stands starting the 1st of September.
Sobhy also thanked the Ministry of Interior for all their work and the support they provided in order to ensure a safe return for all supporters.
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