Sports court lifts ban on Port Said soccer club

BY foxsports • July 26, 2012

Sport's highest court has reprieved an Egyptian soccer club, whose fans cause a riot that led to the deaths of 74 people after a match in Port Said.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it partially upheld Al-Masry's appeal and overturned its ban from soccer next season.

CAS also lifted a relegation imposed by the Egyptian Football Association to send Al-Masry to the second tier in 2013-14.

However, the court says fans are banned from Al-Masry's home games ''for the next complete season.''

Al-Masry also cannot play matches in the Port Said stadium for ''four calendar years.''

Al-Masry fans rioted after a Feb. 1 match against Al-Ahly of Cairo.

The violence was linked to tensions following the downfall of state president Hosni Mubarak's regime last year.

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