Egyptian teams to resume matches 3 years after deadly riots


CAIRO: Rival Egyptian teams Al-Ahly and Al-Masry will clash on Saturday for the first time since a 2012 match that ended in deadly stadium riots leaving 72 people killed. The match will be played behind closed doors and at a neutral venue in the Red Sea city of Gouna, far away from Port Said where the riots erupted after the match on February 1, 2012. Seventy-two of Cairo-based Al-Ahly’s hard core supporters, known as the Ultras, were killed in that post-match violence in Port Said, home city of the Al-Masry team. Families of those killed in 2012 have called for Al-Ahly to boycott the match but the club’s management decided to go ahead with it.



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