Ultras Ahlawy members attack Port Said volleyball team, injuring 10

Dozens of members belonging to Ultras Ahlawy, a group of hardcore football fans of Cairo’s Ahly team, stormed the Shooting Club in Dokki Sunday evening, and attacked players from Port Said’s “Rabat wal Anwar” volleyball team, injuring 10 players.

Security forces in Giza chased the attackers, but were unable to apprehend them.

Major General Hussein al-Qady, head of Giza Security Directorate, ordered Central Security Forces to form cordons around the club to protect the players.

A security source said players were taken out of the club, and that the wounded players were treated. The players are now being transported back to Port Said, the source said.

The source said Ultras Ahlawy members damaged the Port Said team’s buses as they were leaving.

Regional tension between Cairo and Port Said sports fans worsened after a football game in February last year between Port Said’s Masry team and Ahly. Masry fans stormed the pitch after the game and attacked Ahly fans. At least 72 people died in the violence.

That tension renewed between the two cities after a court sentenced 21 people to death last month in the case over the football violence.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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