Being a football fan in Egypt is a risky, even deadly, passion

By: AP |
Published: April 16, 2018 8:28:56 pm

Being a football fan in Egypt has been a dangerous, sometimes even deadly, passion for years. That may soon change.

The Al-Ahly club’s “Ultras” _ hardcore supporters of the Cairo-based team and the country’s largest fan association _ have appealed to authorities to negotiate an end to years of tension and violence while disavowing members involved in a recent post-game rampage that had temporarily shattered the prospects for reconciliation.

Preliminary contacts between the two sides are underway as a prelude to talks to hammer out an agreement allowing fans back in games for the first time since a ban on attendance following a 2012 riot in the coastal city of Port Said that left more than 70 fans, mostly Ultras, dead in one of the world’s worst football-related incidents.

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