Egypt Soccer Rivals Meet for First Time Since Port Said Clashes

Egyptian soccer clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek will face each other behind closed doors today for their first match in Egypt since deadly clashes in February, state-run Ahram newspaper reported today.

Fans haven’t been allowed to attend any matches in Egypt since the violence, which left at least 70 dead and hundreds injured after fans of the two teams clashed after a game in Port Said. It was the worst outbreak of violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak a year earlier.

The deaths led to the indefinite suspension of domestic football activities, with Ahly and Zamalek restricted to a few competitive games in Africa’s premier club competition. Today’s match is part of the African Champions League.

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