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Port Said trial adjourned to May 5

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The Port Said Criminal Court adjourned Tuesday the trial of 75 men accused in the deaths of over 70 football fans in Port Said to May 5 to hear the testimonies of the witnesses. The court session was adjourned twice due to chaos caused by the defendants who were held inside …


Angry soccer fans shake Egypt’s fragile peace

By Tom Pfeiffer and Osama Khairy / Reuters CAIRO: Lingering enmity between Egyptian soccer fans and police since the country’s deadliest stadium disaster could shatter a fragile calm on the streets as the army prepares to hand power to civilians. Many soccer supporters are convinced a post-match stampede that left 74 people dead in Port Said …


Ultras march against attempts to end parliament sit-in

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Ultras Ahlawy, Ahly soccer team’s fan club, blocked the October 6 Bridge Wednesday in protest of what they described as attempts by authorities to end their ongoing sit-in in front of parliament. The Ultras started their sit-in on March 25 calling for the rights of the martyrs who died in the Port …


Port Said soccer fans, troops clash; 1 killed

By Agencies CAIRO: Soldiers clashed with thousands of angry soccer fans in a Mediterranean coastal city over the suspension of their club following a deadly riot last month, witnesses said Saturday. A medical official said a teenager was killed and 68 people injured. The Feb. 1 melee following a match in the city of Port …


Egypt’s angry soccer fans are deep into politics

By Hamza Hendawi / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling generals have a new enemy: the legions of angry soccer fans who have injected fervor into recent protests demanding the military step down and battled police for days in the streets of Cairo. Known as Ultras and long viewed as hooligans, they have grown increasingly political, starting with …


Port Said massacre a conspiracy by security, say Ultras eyewitnesses

CAIRO: Ahly’s soccer fan club Ultras Ahlawy said Thursday that the attack on them in Port Said by fans of home team Al-Masry, which left 74 dead and hundreds injured, was premeditated by police and army forces. "Since we first arrived in the city and we smelled something wrong in the air," member of Ultras …


Football fans as revolution: Transcending the conventional

By Bassem N. Hafez The newly released book, “The Ultras: When Fans Cross Natural Boundaries,” by Mohamed Gamal Beshir, aka Gemyhood, is a timely contribution to the growing slew of non-fiction books of subjects relating to the Jan. 25 revolution. The rise of the new formations of football fans has swept the scene in Egypt for …


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