22 Crushed To Death In Egypt Football League

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On a night when a new champion was crowned in Africa, tragedy struck in Egypt, as 22 football fans were crushed to death in Cairo during a derby match between city rivals Zamalek and ENPPI.

The Egyptian authorities have suspended football league matches indefinitely.

The fans were crushed after police fired tear gas at supporters of Zamalek who were trying to force their way in for a match. The fans blamed the authorities for opening only a single gate.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the leaders of the Zamalek supporters group, the White Knights.

It would be recalled that more than 70 Egyptian fans were killed in a riot at a stadium in Port Said three years ago. After that limits were placed on the numbers attending matches. Those restrictions were lifted just weeks ago. Authorities say the restriction will now be reintroduced.

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