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Egypt apologises to Tunisia over match violence

Zamalek fans invade pitch
Zamalek fans invaded the pitch and attacked players of Club African and officials in Cairo

Egypt Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has apologised to Tunisia after angry Zamalek fans invaded the pitch and attacked players of Club Africain in Cairo on Saturday.

Sharaf has also ordered the interior minister to launch an investigation into the incident.

The invasion forced the abandonment of the second round, second leg Champions League match between Zamalek and Club Africain.

A mob of angry home supporters invaded the pitch three minutes into injury time after the referee waived off a Zamalek goal for offside.

They attacked the referee, the Tunisian players and dismantled goal posts in chaotic scenes aired live on television.

Zamalek were 2-1 up at the time after losing the away leg 4-2.

"Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has apologised to the government and people of Tunisia, to the players of Tunisia's Africain and to the Algerian referee for what happened in the Cairo stadium," the state-owned daily Al-Ahram reported.

Sharaf ordered the interior minister to launch an investigation and called for a suspension of the African Champions League, describing Saturday night's crowd trouble as "an act of thuggery", Al-Ahram said.

By Sunday morning, a Facebook group was set up to apologise to Tunisians and counted more than 21,000 Egyptian members.

Football matches have only just resumed in Egypt after they were suspended in February owing to the mass demonstrations that ultimately overthrew the former president Hosni Mubarak.



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