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Egypt’s Ahly fans ‘briefly’ defied crowd ban during match

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Hardline supporters of Egypt’s Ahly football club defied a crowd ban and stormed a stadium hosting a game between their team and Gouna on Saturday, Al Ahram Online reported.

The fans, also known as Ultras Ahlawy, filled the northern stands of the army-owned Air Defense Stadium in Cairo.

The fans, who were heard throwing insults at Egyptian sports minister El-Amry Farouk, a former Ahly board member, left the stadium 10 minutes after the start of the match.

Egyptian football authorities decided not to call off the game, which went ahead as scheduled. The security forces were also instructed not to block the fans.

But Egyptian Football Association’s chairman Hassan Farid said in a TV interview that “EFA board will convene tomorrow to decide which action would be taken in that matter.”

Fans making troubles in some regional and continental encounters featuring Egypt’s big three - Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily, has compelled the EFA to force an indefinite crowd ban.