Egypt arrests 15 over soccer clashes
26 March 2012, 11:19
Cairo - Egypt's security forces said on Sunday they had arrested 15
people after two days of clashes between angry soccer fans and military
police that killed one person and injured 65 in the industrial city of
Soccer supporters took to the streets on Friday and
Saturday to protest against a decision by the Egyptian Football
Association (EFA) to ban Port Said club al-Masry for two seasons over
the country's worst stadium disaster.
More than 70 fans were
killed last month during a pitch invasion at Port Said's stadium, the
most deadly incident since the protests that toppled President Hosni
Mubarak last year.
"Fifteen suspects were arrested during the
clashes that took place between the army and protesters in front of the
Suez Canal Authority building in Port Said," a security source told
The suspects would be charged with attempting to storm
the canal authority's building and with destroying public and private
property, the source added.
During the February pitch invasion,
steel doors at the stadium were bolted shut, trapping fans trying to
escape from the stands. Dozens were crushed to death.
blamed the government for failing to send enough police to the stadium
given the tense build-up to the match, and many believe the violence was
started by hired thugs. At least 1 000 people were injured.