More Ahly fans to join Parliament protest over EFA penalties

Hundreds of hardcore supporters of Egypt's leading football team, Ahly, known as Ultras Ahlawy, marched from Cairo University on their way to join their comrades' sit-in outside the Parliament on Tuesday.

The sit-in, which started Monday, voices rejection of the penalties imposed by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Port Said's team Masry, whose supporters’ bloody attack on Ahly fans following a game in Port Said Stadium on 1 February, left 74 Ahly fans dead.

The demonstrators chanted slogans stressing that they would not give up their demand of retribution for the deaths.

The bloody football match stoked fury over the security failures of Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri’s cabinet and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

On Saturday, the EFA punished Masry by freezing its football activities for two years and closing the Port Said Stadium for three years. Ahly fans said the penalties were insufficient.

Leaks of the EFA’s decision fuelled anger among Masry fans who clashed with security forces on Friday, leaving one dead.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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