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Egypt Premier League to begin on schedule but without fans

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Egypt’s Premier League will begin as scheduled on February 2, however, behind closed doors, Ahram Online reported the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Chairman Gamal Allam as saying on Monday.

The league is also in the process of issuing a new draft law on hooliganism.

“League matches will be held in the absence of fans,” Allam told the Shura Council’s youth and sports committee, adding ““the law on hooliganism will only see the light after all the fan clubs have expressed their opinion.”

There has been no local football matched since last year’s incident that left 72 Ahly fans dead and hundreds injured at the Port Said Stadium.

Fan groups for Egypt’s Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily as well as others, boycotted the meeting in protest of the drafting the hooliganism law that “contradicts freedoms and rights.”

Loyal fans to Ultras Ahlary and the Ultras Devils also vow to protest in thousands in front of the court to protest against the “unsatisfying” ruling.

“The proposed hooliganism law needs more discussion. It’s very important to the future of Egyptian football,” Allam said. “All fan groups must participate in the debate over the new regulations.”

Security officers are also expected to be deployed next Saturday on the day marking the second anniversary of the 25 January Revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.