Al Masry ban sparks more violence in Port Said

The Egyptian FA’s decision to ban Al Masry for two seasons has prompted clashes between security forces and protesting fans

A 13-year-old boy has been shot dead and an additional 50 protestors have been injured in clashes between Al Masry fans and security personnel. The incident follows the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) ruling to ban the Port Said-based club for two seasons and close its home ground for three years for its role in February’s football massacre that claimed the lives of over 77 people.

According to Al Ahram, the teenager died in hospital late on Friday from a gunshot wound to the back after hundreds of protestors allegedly attempted to storm the Suez Canal Authority building in Port Said.

EFA president Anwar Saleh excuslively told that the football body has no intention to reduce the penalties imposed on both Al Masry and Al Ahly.

"The penalties are final and there is no intention to decline. It has been issued in accordance with regulations and laws. If they need to complain to Fifa, no problem, but they must bear the results," he said.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that officials from Egypt's Interior Ministry have confirmed that street battles continued into the early hours of Saturday morning.

On the other hand, Al Ahly fans are said to be unsatisfied with the EFA's ruling, characterising it as too light on Al Masry, and have planned a sit-in at their club headquarters for Sunday.