27 Egyptian fans, 25 policemen wounded in post-match violence

Thursday, February 20, 2014

According to the witnesses, the clashes seeped out of the stadium and into the surrounding streets

According to the witnesses, the clashes seeped out of the stadium and into the surrounding streets

CAIRO - Twenty-seven football fans and 25 policemen were wounded in clashes following a CAF Super Cup football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly team and Tunisia's CS Sfaxien at Cairo Stadium on Thursday, a security source said.

The clashes erupted between Ultras Ahlaway, hardcore football fans, and security forces after spectators chanted slogans against the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's sprawling police apparatus – and destroyed stadium seats.

In response, security forces fired teargas to disperse the spectators, according to eyewitnesses.

According to the witnesses, the clashes seeped out of the stadium and into the surrounding streets.

Earlier, Al-Ahly snatched the 6th CAF Super Cup title after defeating CS Sfaxien 3-2 at the Cairo Stadium.

Egyptian authorities had waived a security-linked spectator ban imposed on most football fixtures, allowing a 30,000 crowd to show up.

The clashes, however, may force the authorities to rethink their decision to waive the spectator ban, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry.

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