Egyptian league could resume in empty stadiums

The Egyptian Football Association says the domestic league could

resume in empty stadiums after the mourning period ends on March 15

for the 74 people killed in the country’s worst football

violence.

Association spokesman Azmy Megahed said on Wednesday that the

final decision lies with the prime minister and security

officials.

But Megahed said he believes the government could be encouraged

to resume games after Egypt’s two biggest clubs, Al-Ahly and

Zamalek, expressed interest in playing a friendly to raise money

for the families of those killed in the violence.

The league was suspended after the deadly stampede and riot on

Feb. 1 in Port Said following a match between Al-Ahly and

Al-Masry.