The Alexandria-based Stadium hosted the second-leg of the CAF Champions League round of 16 between Al Ahly and Young Africans. A game that witnessed fan attendance as the Egyptian authorities recently agreed to lift the crowd ban in African competitions.
Police said they wanted to prevent ticketless spectators from getting into the stadium as they were trying to storm in through Gate 3. A number of fans however posted their accounts of the incident on social media websites, saying they weren’t allowed to enter despite having invitations.
“We tried to convince them to leave, but they refused and attempted to enter by force which prompted the security forces to fire two tear gas canisters to disperse them,” the statement read.
“This caused 29 fans to suffer from suffocation and they were treated immediately (19 in front of the stadium and 10 at El-Amreya Hospital). [The incident] didn’t result in any injuries,” the statement added.
The game saw Al Ahly beat the Tanzanian side 2-1 to qualify to the group stage with a 3-2 aggregate score.