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Dozens of Football Club Fans Arrested near Burj Al Arab Stadium

Dozens of Football Club Fans Arrested near Burj Al Arab Stadium

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 About 700 members of Zamalek football club fans and Al-Ahly Football club fans have been arrested near Burj Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria on 8 July and 9 July, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).

On Sunday, 600 Ultras White Knights members were arrested after a game between the Egyptian football club of Zamalek and the Libyan club of Ahly Tripoli at Burj Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Clashes erupted between the fans of the two teams and fireworks were being launched in different parts of the arena which led to the injury of seven people, according to Egypt Independent.

While 73 members have been released, 500 members of Zamalek football club fans have been detained and 63 have charged with the possession of fireworks, shirts and chanting phrases that incite social instability.

On Saturday, 90 members of Al Ahly Club fans have been arrested near Burj Al Arab Stadium. 73 have been released while 17 others have been detained; they are facing same charges as Zamalek football club fans’ starting with possession of fireworks, shirts to chanting phrases that incite social instability, according to (AFTE).

In February 2015, about 22 people were killed and dozens injured at the Air Force Stadium in Cairo ahead of a Premier League match for allegedly attempting to enter the stadium without purchasing tickets. Police fired tear gas at the crowd prompting a stampede as the fans attempted to escape. This was the first game Zamalek football fans were allowed to attend since February 2012.

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Engy Adham is a Cairo-based journalist. She works as the managing editor at Egyptian Streets. She reports on social issues and arts and culture. Previously published in Daily News Egypt, Ahram Online among others. She received her bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science from The American University in Cairo. Follow her on @J_Adham_

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