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At least 22 dead in clashes outside Cairo football stadium


At least 22 dead in clashes outside Cairo football stadium

At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between football fans and security forces outside a stadium in Cairo.

Most of the dead were crushed when supporters stampeded after police used teargas to break up a crowd.

Fans of the Zamalek football club reportedly tried to force their way into a league match with rivals Enppi without tickets sparking the clashes.

The dead and injured were taken to hospital where shocked families arrived to see if their relatives were safe.

Shortly after incident the government said it was postponing indefinitely the national league championship.

Football matches are often flashpoints for violence in Egypt. In February 2012 72 fans were killed at a match in Port Said. Since then the number of people allowed to attend has been restricted but supporters often try to storm stadiums they are banned from entering.

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