Roughly 200 Masry team Ultras demonstrated in front of general authority of Port Said governorate Friday, during a meeting between Governor Ahmed Abdullah and members of Parliament and the Shura Council to discuss toughening punishments for the Masry Ultra club.
The protesters said they did not deserve harsher penalties, and asked the governor to present their case.
The representatives, including Wafd party People’s Assembly representative Mohamed Gad, and Ali Dora, Freedom and Justice Party representative, talked about increasing the punishments leveled on the hard-core soccer fans for the Masry team.
On 1 February after a match between Ahly and Masry, scores of fans stormed the field and the visiting team’s bleachers in the worst incident of football violence in Egypt’s history, which resulted in the deaths of over 70 people. Many attributed the bloodshed to a deliberate lapse in security or planned attack.
In March, the general attorney charged 75 people with murder and negligence in the case, including nine police officers and two minors.
The Masry team has been excluded from football events following the violence.
Protesters asked for “the lifting of injustices done to the team.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm