The Egyptian domestic league will come back to action early next year after nearly a year of suspension in the wake of the Port Said tragedy
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Saturday that the Premier League new season would be launched on February 1, 2013, exactly one year when it was suspended following the death of 72 football fans at the Port Said Stadium during a match between home side Al-Masry and Caf new champions Al Ahly.
The EFA released the good tidings after a meeting with the Sports and Interior ministers.
“All those in attendance of Saturday's meeting revealed their hopes that the league would start as soon as possible, as it will be an indicator of Egypt's stable security situation,” the EFA's statement read.
“The EFA and the clubs' managements should reach out to fans in order to avoid unrest inside and outside the stadiums,” it added.
Although, games will initially be played without the attendance of fans, according to the Interior Ministry, which had refused in several occasions the reopening of the local league.
Supporters of Al Ahly insist the league should remain suspended pending results from of investigation into the Port Said tragedy.
Ahly fans were violently attacked by fans of Al-Masry, using knives, swords, clubs, stones and bottles. Fleeing Ahly players were also assaulted, according to police reports.
More than 1000 fans sustained injuries.