22 Killed In Egypt Football Riot Before Match

09/02/2015 7:29 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: A man walks past a burning vehicle during the clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside the Air Force Stadium ahead of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, Egypt on February 08, 2015. (Photo by Ahmed El-Masry/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

CAIRO -- At least 22 people were killed and more than 35 others injured in clashes between security forces and football fans who tried to force their way into a stadium here without buying tickets.

The Ministry of Interior said the incident took place outside the Air Defense Stadium ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI.

It said the supporters of Zamalek, known as Ultras White Knights, tried to storm into the match without tickets.

"More than ten thousand people, who did not have tickets for the match, tried to break into the stadium. A number of them were killed and dozens injured due to stampede," the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in statement said.

The security forces tried to disperse the fans after they blocked road and torched a police vehicle.

A security source said that 17 Zamalek fans were arrested for inciting violence.

Egypt has curbed the number of people allowed into football matches since a riot at a stadium in Port Said where more than 70 people were killed in a similar incident after a game three years ago.

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