232 Zamalek football fans detained over Borg al-Arab riots

Alexandria prosecutors ordered the detention of 232 Zamalek Club football fans (aka the ‘White Knights’) for four days, over riots that broke out at Borg al-Arab Stadium in Alexandria during the Zamalek-Ahli Tripoli game — part of the CAF Champions League — which ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday night.

The Zamalek team was knocked out of the championship as a result of the draw.

Public prosecutors charged the defendants with damaging public property, resisting authorities and beating public officials on duty.

Security forces in Alexandria arrested the suspects after they began rioting during the match. According to investigations, the suspects destroyed the seats of the stadium and the toilets.

Borg al-Arab Stadium’s management estimated the damages at LE250,000, in a report submitted to prosecutors.

The prosecutors seized the stadium’s surveillance cameras with footage of the riots, and requested police detectives investigate the incident.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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