Ahead of rare open Al Ahly match, fans storm Cairo stadium

The Cairo club are set to play Sewe Sport in Africa's second-tier Confederation Cup final.

Associated Press

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior says some 2,000 football fans stormed Cairo’s main stadium ahead of a rare match that supporters are allowed to attend.

Security officials say they managed to expel fans from the stadium Saturday, confiscating 10 bags containing fireworks and banners. The fans entered after a truck broke through a stadium gate, they added.

The match – the CAF Confederation Cup championship between Egyptian club Al Ahly and the Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport – is still set to be played as scheduled, the officials say.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to journalists.

Al Ahly fans, who are deeply politicised, frequently clash with police inside and outside of stadiums. After an outbreak of stadium violence in 2012, most matches have been closed to the public.

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Published: December 6, 2014 04:00 AM