Ashraf Qasim and Emad Abdel Aziz, president of the Zamalek Club
“We are closely following the file of the detained fans. The committee has contacted all security and judicial authorities to follow up on this matter,” Abdel Aziz told the club’s website today, Tuesday.
“The club’s legal affairs accompany the detained fans and will not leave them, and the committee will do everything in its power to secure the release of the detainees today,” he added.
People who attended the game, which was canceled by the Egyptian Basketball Federation, were detained.
The union said in a statement that the reason for canceling the match was due to “the storming of fans” of the covered hall in the Zamalek club, and “the inability of security to evacuate it.”
Yahya Zakaria, the match observer, told FilGoal.com On Monday, “the match could not be held and the matter was referred to the Egyptian Basketball Federation to take a decision.”
The start of the match, which was scheduled for six in the evening, was delayed due to the presence of members and teams of junior basketball in Zamalek in addition to parents and some football players headed by Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala” and Youssef Ibrahim “Obama”.
The security forces removed the youth teams from the hall, and with a group of parents and the soccer team player remaining, the match was canceled.
This comes on the back Basketball Association decision to prevent any match that witnesses a public presenceAfter the match between Zamalek and Smouha on 19 March.
The Basketball Association stated at the time that attendance would be limited to boards of directors only, and the observer was authorized to cancel the match if no club did not comply.