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Security forces fire tear gas at Al Ahly fans

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Twenty-nine people suffered from suffocation as police used tear gas to disperse Al Ahly fans trying to enter Borg El-Arab Stadium, according to an interior ministry statement.

The Alexandria-based Stadium hosted the second-leg of the 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.

  1. Joe Khalil

    April 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Egyptian fans should be banned from all football events. There is a serious problem in their mentality. The only country in the world that actually encourages “ultra” groups is Egypt. In Italy and England for example they are banned. Egypt is so backwards.

    • Ahmed Saeed

      April 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      Correct

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