The Supreme State Security Prosecution in Egypt ordered on Monday eight fans of al-Ahly Club to be detained for 15 days pending investigations over riots that erupted after Ahly’s match against Gabon’s CF Mounana at the Cairo Stadium on March 6.
Egypt’s Ahly and Mounana faced off at the first-leg of the first round of the CAF Champions League. Ahly won the game 4-0.
The match witnessed offensive slogans by some fans, along with some clashes, which resulted in mass damages in the stadium, making the prosecution to open an investigation into the events. Ahly’s football ultra, ‘Ultras Ahlawy’, issued a statement apologizing for the trouble which it said was caused by some individuals who don’t represent the Ahly fans.
According to preliminary investigations, some fans from Ultras Ahlawy went to a part of the stadium not reserved for the spectators and clashed with security personnel. They then started hostile chants, and clashed with police after they ignited fireworks and smashed chairs.
Investigations said some of the fans included members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and planned to attack security forces.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm