CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association says the domestic league could resume in empty stadiums after the mourning period ends on March 15 for the 71 people killed in the country’s worst football violence.
Association spokesman Azmy Megahed said on Wednesday that the final decision lies with the prime minister and security officials.
But Megahed said he believes the government could be encouraged to resume games after Egypt’s two biggest clubs, Al-Ahly and Zamalek, expressed interest in playing a friendly to raise money for the families of those killed in the violence.
The league was suspended after the deadly stampede and riot on Feb. 1 in Port Said following a match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry. A preliminary report by parliament held security forces responsible.