EGYPT: The return of stadium riots in the "worst possible time"


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The Cameroonian referee, Neon Ilium, canceled the Ismaili match against his African hosts Tunisia in the second round of the African Champions League group stage, after long minutes of mass attacks on the referee's crew by throwing holes and bottles of water on the grounds of Ismaili Stadium.

The game was suspended in the 87th minute after the fans threw water bottles on the pitch and the team of referees Cameroon and the assistant referee, to continue to stop for about 45 minutes during which the referee discussed with the match observer and decided not to complete.

Several attempts to resume the remaining game were unsuccessful, and the referee decided to finish the match and rushed with his assistants to the locker rooms, surrounded by security personnel, and under a stream of plastic projectiles.

Ismaili was behind the cancellation of the game 1-2 after a goal early in the game.

The referee gave two penalties to the visitors at the end of the first half, the second on a reference from his assistant after he made an error from outside the region, to the revolution of the stands, which delayed the start of the second half about 15 minutes, before the referee ended the game after being unable to complete.

The scene, which was not related to sports, reopened the riots of the usual stadiums in Egypt, a file that has not yet forgotten the "massacre of Port Said" in February 2012, when more than 70 Ahli fans fell after the end of the game against the Egyptian in one of the worst disasters Spherical world.

A tragic incident led to the cancellation of the league championship this season, and lived the Egyptian stadiums after, regardless of limited exceptions, without a public presence in the stands before being allowed a limited return to the public recently seems to be on the way to reconsider.

The events of the Ismaili and African match on Friday coincided with Egypt's recent joy in hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations, which will be held for the first time with the participation of 24 teams in June.

Amid the preparations for the championship and talk about the dates and fixtures stadiums Ismailia came to represent a loud alarm on a file that seems not to close quickly in the Egyptian stadiums.

Although the events of the match are unlikely to affect the organization of the tournament, especially with great memories to host the 2006 edition of Egypt, the issue calls for immediate action from several quarters to address the causes of the problem and identify its motives.

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The Cameroonian referee, Neon Ilium, canceled the Ismaili match against his African hosts Tunisia in the second round of the African Champions League group stage, after long minutes of mass attacks on the referee's crew by throwing holes and bottles of water on the grounds of Ismaili Stadium.

The game was suspended in the 87th minute after the fans threw water bottles on the pitch and the team of referees Cameroon and the assistant referee, to continue to stop for about 45 minutes during which the referee discussed with the match observer and decided not to complete.

Several attempts to resume the remaining game were unsuccessful, and the referee decided to finish the match and rushed with his assistants to the locker rooms, surrounded by security personnel, and under a stream of plastic projectiles.

Ismaili was behind the cancellation of the game 1-2 after a goal early in the game.

The referee gave two penalties to the visitors at the end of the first half, the second on a reference from his assistant after he made an error from outside the region, to the revolution of the stands, which delayed the start of the second half about 15 minutes, before the referee ended the game after being unable to complete.

The scene, which was not related to sports, reopened the riots of the usual stadiums in Egypt, a file that has not yet forgotten the "massacre of Port Said" in February 2012, when more than 70 Ahli fans fell after the end of the game against the Egyptian in one of the worst disasters Spherical world.

A tragic incident led to the cancellation of the league championship this season, and lived the Egyptian stadiums after, regardless of limited exceptions, without a public presence in the stands before being allowed a limited return to the public recently seems to be on the way to reconsider.

The events of the Ismaili and African match on Friday coincided with Egypt's recent joy in hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations, which will be held for the first time with the participation of 24 teams in June.

Amid the preparations for the championship and talk about the dates and fixtures stadiums Ismailia came to represent a loud alarm on a file that seems not to close quickly in the Egyptian stadiums.

Although the events of the match are unlikely to affect the organization of the tournament, especially with great memories to host the 2006 edition of Egypt, the issue calls for immediate action from several quarters to address the causes of the problem and identify its motives.

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