Six years after the Port Said riot, Egypt’s fans return to the stadiums

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Supporters are allowed to watch domestic games regularly for the first time since 2012 but they have to give details to the security services – and chanting could be monitored

When Egyptian spectators returned to the stands for a match between Zamalek FC and ENPPI earlier this month, smiling fans filled some of the allotted 5,000 seats in the 16,000-capacity stadium. They grinned and waved flags, working hard to create some atmosphere at the first domestic football game where supporters were permitted in the stands in six years.

While the fans attempted to fill the PetroSport Stadium with cheers and chants of “Tonight we came and the league is ours”, they also avoided any behaviour that could be seen as contentious.

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