CAS lifts Al-Masry ban

Court of Arbitration for Sport overturns one-year ban on Egyptian club following February violence at Port Said Stadium

    CAS lifts Al-Masry ban
    The Egyptian side were banned after more than 70 fans died at their Port Said stadium in violent clashes against Al Ahly in February [EPA]

    An Egyptian football club whose fans' riot killed 74 people after a match in Port Said this year was reprieved by sport's highest court on Thursday.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned Al-Masry's ban from football as it partially upheld the club's appeal against Egyptian Football Association sanctions.

    "Al-Masry may participate in EFA events for the season 2012-2013,'' the court said.

    Riot

    Egyptian football was halted after the February 1 violence, which caused the deaths of fans from Cairo-based club Al-Ahly. The league is scheduled to resume next month.

    The deadly tragedy was linked to tensions following the downfall of state president Hosni Mubarak's regime last year.

    CAS also lifted a compulsory relegation which the national football body tried to impose which would have sent Al-Masry to the second tier in 2013-14.

    However, the court maintained severe restrictions on Al-Masry's fans.

    "Spectators are banned from Al-Masry's home games for the next complete season,'' the court said.

    Al-Masry also cannot play matches in the Port Said stadium for "four calendar years.''

    Fans can attend all away matches except those against Al-Ahly, which must be played behind closed doors.

    "The next four games against Al-Ahly ... shall be played without fans on neutral (ground) which shall be at a distance of 200 kilometres from Cairo or Port Said,'' the court said.

    SOURCE: AP


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