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Egyptian football fans set stage for growing anti-government protests

Militant, street battle-hardened Egyptian football fans set the stage for growing protests against the government of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi when, earlier this month, they forced their way into a stadium, in protest against the country’s long-standing ban on supporters attending football matches. The storming of the pitch in the Borg Al-Arab stadium in the …

James Dorsey

Egypt bans ultras in bid to break anti-government protests

By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian court has banned militant football fan groups or ultras as terrorist organisations in a bid to break the backbone of anti-government protests. The ruling pushes further underground groups that often offer despairing youth a rare opportunity to vent their pent-up anger and frustration peacefully. Ultras have for the past …

Daily News Egypt

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