Alexandria football fans have called on officials of the Egyptian Football Association to cancel this season’s matches to mourn the 22 victims who were killed in clashes with security during the Zamalek-ENPPI match which took place on Sunday.
Several ultras groups said they do not want to attend matches this season in solidarity with the Zamalek Club. They blame Zamalek Club Chief Mortada Mansour for refusing to sell the match’s tickets and distributing them among the general assembly members.
They also called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remove Mansour from the sports scene.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud Mashaly, chief of the Ittihad Alexandria Club, described the Zamalek-ENPPI match incident as ‘calamitous’. “Egyptian football has faced a huge catastrophe that touched all Egyptians after blood was shed, reminding us of the incident when 74 victims of the Ahly Club were killed due to negligence.”
Mashaly blamed the most recent incident on the Zamalek Club administration and security. He also added that security did not treat the situation wisely.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm