CAIRO: The families of football fans who were killed outside the Air Force Stadium Sunday will each be offered 25,000 EGP ($3,250) in compensation, the Egyptian Football Federation (EFF) stated on its official website Monday.
The EFA said also it has decided to put off all domestic matches and activities indefinitely in the wake of the Sunday’s incident which, according to the Health Ministry, claimed the lives of at least 19 people and injured other 20.
“The EFF will hold a meeting, after the three days of mourning, between all the concerned parties to discuss the possibility of resuming football activities,” according to the statement.
While trying to enter the stadium to watch their team’s fixture against Enppi, 19 fans of the Cairo-based Zamalek football club died Sunday after police forces fired tear gas causing a stampede. The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that hundreds tried to force their way into the stadium without holding tickets.
The EFA also said that it calls on media outlets to “verify the information they publish in order to avoid any escalation of the current situation.”
On their Facebook page, Ultras White Knights, the Zamalek club supporters group said the death toll have reached 28. Doctors and eyewitnesses told Youm7 that most of the dead suffocated when the fans stampeded after police forces fired tear gas.
According to forensic authority’s report Monday, the deaths were all caused by “bruises and abrasions in the chest and face and suffocation caused by a stampede,” Youm7 reported.
The forensic authority also denied the deaths were caused by live ammunition.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered a probe into the deaths.
Sunday’s incident comes three years after the Port Said massacre that claimed the lives of over 70 fans of the Cairo-based Al-Ahly football club in February 2012.