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Football | Egypt

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Egypt league season to resume



Egypt's Football Association said on Thursday that the Premier League season will resume next month after a nine-month hiatus following a stadium disaster.

"The Egyptian Football Association has decided to launch the Premier League season in mid-December, after a meeting with the league's football clubs," the official MENA news agency reported.

The popular sport in Egypt is still reeling from a stadium riot in February that killed 70 people.

The association postponed the season twice before, citing security concerns.

Fans of Cairo's Al-Ahly club, some of whose members died in the violence, have stormed the association's headquarters several times in recent months to protest a decision to resume games.

The February riot erupted at the final whistle when Al-Masry fans invaded the pitch after their team beat the visitors 3-1, throwing rocks, bottles and fireworks at Al-Ahly supporters, causing chaos and panic as players and fans fled.

The stadium deaths sparked days of violent protests in Cairo, in which another 16 people were killed.

The violence was one of the deadliest incidents in football history, and came amid charges from witnesses that security forces did little to prevent the rioting.

Nine policemen are among defendants in the trial which opened in April.

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