Ultras groups banned by court ruling  
Ultras Ahlawy in a crucial exam for the African CL final - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters issued a ruling Saturday banning the activities of the Ultras groups across the country.

The court also ordered that they should be dissolved.

The ruling was based on a law suit filed by Zamalek club’s Chairman Mortada Mansour who offered the court evidences including videos showing some Ultras members performing riots.

There is a number of Ultras football fan groups in Egypt including Ultras Ahlawy (Ultras UA07) supporting football club El Ahly SC and Ultras White Knights (UWK) supporting the football club Zamalek SC.

In February, 19 UWK members were killed in clashes with security forces outside a football stadium in Cairo. However, the public prosecutor announced in March that 16 people, including members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, were charged with killing and inciting violence in connection with the incident.

Since the “Port Said Massacre” in 2012, in which 74 football fans were killed, Egyptian football league was suspended several times and both international and domestic football matches were held with empty stadiums.

The Ultras groups were instrumental in the revolution’s protests that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011.

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