CAIRO: At least 22 people died at the Air Force Stadium in Cairo before a Premier League match between Zamalek and Enbi Sunday, the prosecution said late Sunday.
Hundreds of fans attempted to forcibly access the stadium without tickets, triggering the clashes, a police source at the Ministry of Interior told Youm7.
Zamalek Club sent a letter to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) disclaiming any liability for the “riots.” The EFA, however, claimed that the club had received 10,000 tickets and that Zamalek had withheld them, since the fans who arrived at the stadium Sunday night did not amount to that figure.
The Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Sports are discussing the option of delaying the league’s matches indefinitely, sources at the EFA told Youm7. Meanwhile, the EFA delayed a match between Zamalek and its rival Ahly for players born in 1995, which had been scheduled for Monday.
Some 17 “rioters” were arrested at the stadium, a security source told Youm7, which reported that the deaths resulted from being trampled in a stampede and tear gas inhalation.