Police OK 1st football game in Air Defense Stadium after deadly stampede
Ahly fans celebrating in stands - YOUM7

CAIRO: The Egyptian Ministry of Interior OK’d on Sunday holding a soccer game in the Air Defense Stadium Monday; the first match played following a stampede outside the stadium where more than 22 people were killed in February.

The Ministry has accepted a request to hold a football game between al-Ahly and Haras al-Hodood sporting clubs in the Air Defense Stadium in the 2015 championship of the Egyptian Premier League, according to a written notification from the ministry to al-Ahly Club.

The game was scheduled in Petrosport Stadium; however, al-Ahly club requested the stadium be replaced as it is “small in size,” Youm7 reported.

In February, a riot broke out when groups of fans were denied entry into the Air Defense Stadium to attend a match between al-Zamalek and Eni teams; security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, causing a crushing stampede.

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