Zamalek fans vow to defy Egypt’s crowd ban

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Hardcore fans of Egypt’s Zamalek football club vowed to break a crowd ban to watch their team’s upcoming match against Gouna on Saturday for the Egypt Cup final.

The team’s hardline supporters, known as Ultras White Knights, said on their Facebook page that they will make it to Egypt’s Red Sea Gouna resort to support Zamalek in their match against Wadi Degla in despite the ban, Ahram Online reported.

“Fans attendance at the Egypt Cup final is neither debatable nor negotiable. The Ultras White Knights will be on the battle field,” their statement on Facebook read.

It added: “Whether you agree or not, the white crowd will be in Gouna.”

The Egyptian Football Association enforced an indefinite crowd ban after fans of Egypt’s big three teams Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily clashed and caused deadly violence during some regional and continental encounters.

Unstable political situations in the country and poor security conditions have also resulted in enforcing the ban for two consecutive seasons.

“We will renew our activities and hold the flag of martyr Amr Hussein [who died last month during clashes with police at a protest against the club’s board following their elimination from the CAF Champions League],” the Zamalek fans insisted.

“The best moments for fans are those they spend supporting their team during their glories and victories.”