Egypt Court Declares All ‘Ultras’ Football Groups Are ‘Terrorist’ Organizations

Egypt Court Declares All ‘Ultras’ Football Groups Are ‘Terrorist’ Organizations

The headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association was torched by Ultras Ahlawy members in 2013.
The headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association was torched by Ultras Ahlawy members in 2013.

An Egyptian urgent matters court banned on Saturday the activities of all ultras fan groups nationwide, accusing them of complicity in “riots” and vandalism.

The Court also declared that all ultras groups are to be considered terrorist organizations, reported state media Al-Ahram.

The Zamalek Sporting Club chairman had filed the lawsuit last year after accusing the club’s Ultra’s White Knights (UWK) fan group of attempting to kill him.

Saturday’s decision cancels an earlier decision which turned down the Zamalek chairman’s lawsuit.

Egypt’s top prosecutor accused in March the Muslim Brotherhood of coordinating with UWK to commit acts of violence ahead of a football match which left at least 19 fans killed.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat referred to trial 16 defendants in the case. Barakat identified the defendants as members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and UWK.

The deadly incident broke out ahead of a game between Zamalek and Enppi clubs on February 8 and left at least 19 people dead.

The prosecution accused the Muslim Brotherhood of funding ultras members and providing them with explosive materials “to cancel the activity [of football].”

Egypt listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation in December 2013 and insists it is behind the wave of militancy which has targeted security personnel since July 2013. The Brotherhood continuously denies the accusations.

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  • Minymina

    To be fair, the Ultras brought this on themselves. They run around like a mob burning down buildings and causing nothing but trouble. Stick to football and STFU.

    • Commander_Chico

      Is there any extension of tyranny you will not defend?

      • Minymina

        Commander_Chico, would you please stop replying to my comments.
        Kindly just f**k off.

        • Commander_Chico

          Too bad, you don’t get to control the dialogue like Sisi.

    • Hady Zahra

      with all do respect you know nothing about these people , you dont know what theyve been through , starting by the humiliating treatment that no human should ever get , beating , jail time and many more things that ended by an incident leaving 72 fans killed at one match , and the other with 20 fans killed . before accusing and judging check who started with the violence and youl know for sure who the real terrorists are .

      • Minymina

        Seriously? You’re blaming the military for the killings?

        The Ultras acted and behaved like animals. They were the ones who started the riot in Port Said and they were the ones who killed 20 of their own during a stamped.

        Take some god damn responsibility for your actions and act civilized like the rest of us.

        • Hady Zahra

          well sorry my friend but you just want to blind yourself from the truth , watch videos and know the story of the 72 who died in portsaid , these people died for a reason and were killed with a disgusting conspiracy made by 3 sides , the police , the army and the fuckers from portsaid , did football racism help in this tragic event , yes , but these heroes and yes i say heroes cuz i believe that they are died for a reason because they didnt just surrender and they said NO to the system who killed one of their members Mohamed Karika who actually went to tahrir to defend the honour of the girl who got stripped and beaten , because he has sisters and he ddnt want that to happen to them and im sure you wont like that to happen to you or to any other family member of yours 🙂 and im not making any of this up this hero was a really close friend of mine and i knew many of the young 72 heroes , so please , im advicing you to be a little civilized and search and know the history and what really happened and dont just follow the shit hole they call a tv 🙂

        • Hady Zahra

          and As for the 20 in zamalek match well it led to 3 main reasons , yes you have a point but that isnt because they ran over eatch other thats because egyptians are known to be unorganized and a place that can fit 5 ppl , well 20 ppl can fit in just perfectly , 2nd reason is the zamalek president mortada mansour who wantd to get rid of them and said that there was free tickets so that increased the crowd , and the biggest reason is the fucker who shot the tear gas that made everyone run , and if you know egyptians and ever been to a protest or a crowded place , even a water gun will make everyone run , and that is what youl get when you fire a tear gas in the middle of 5 thousand ppl , they will run and run over each other and die , could have just let em in like every match …nothing would have happened , like always 🙂

        • Hady Zahra

          ps im not waiting for a reply on what i just wrote but im telling you to not just go with whatever they say on tv and THINK a little and act civilized like the rest of us , and i just want to say that violence doesnt generate exept violence :)) peace 🙂

  • Quetzalcoatl

    I declare alot of Egyptian judges as incompetent and incapable of doing their jobs..


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