Egyptian Premier League suspended indefinitely after 22 fans killed in riots


After at least 22 fans were killed on Sunday in riots outside a soccer stadium in Egypt, the national league has been suspended indefinitely.

A stampede occurred in Cairo, as supporters of Zamalek tried to get in for a Egyptian Premier League match against rivals ENPPI in a top of the table encounter.

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Police, according to eye witnesses, fired tear gas canisters into the crowd and the deadly stampede has claimed at least 22 lives, with the number expected to rise.

Conflicting reports about the origin of the stampede have since arrived from the police and Zamalek supporters, as the interior ministry claimed that large numbers of Zamalek fans were attempting to get into the stadium despite only 5,000 tickets being made available in the 30,000 capacity Air Defence Stadium. The Egyptian authorities claim that police officers acted to try and disperse the crowd.

However the Ultra’s White Knights, Zemalek’s supporters group, have since released a statement on their Facebook page claiming that a newly erected metal tunnel just 12 foot wide was to blame.

“[The] iron cage inside which most people died was installed a day before the match and it has never been used in any country of the world.”

Following the Port Said massacre in February 2012, where 74 fans were killed in a riot at a match, the league was suspended until 2013.

Despite the league being back in action, fans were banned from attending games until December 2014 and since then only limited numbers have been allowed into stadiums across Egypt.