14 reported dead as police, football fans fight in Egypt

Posted by News Express | 8 February 2015 | 3,366 times

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At least 14 people have died in clashes between football fans and police outside a stadium in Cairo, Egyptian state media has reported.

Fans of the Zamalek football club tried to force their way into a match without tickets, sparking the clashes, officials said.

The violence broke out ahead of a premier league game against ENPPI.

In February 2012, more than 70 people were killed in post-match violence after a game in Port Said.

On Sunday, police used tear gas to disperse the fans at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, with at least 20 injured, witnesses said.

Zemalek fans put the death toll at 20 for the clashes in Cairo.

Hard-core Egyptian football fans are often deeply politicised, and played a role in the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egypt has reduced public access to football matches following the violence in Port Said.

Many people believe police in Port Said stood by in revenge for the fans’ role in anti-Mubarak unrest. Police deny the accusation.

•Credit (except headline): BBC. Photo by AFP shows firemen battling to put out fire set to vehicles outside the stadium.

Source: News Express

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