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All quiet as Egypt league resumes

By Inas Mazhar
BBC Sport, Cairo

Fans storm the pitch at game between Egypt's Zamalek and Tunisia's Club Africain
Violence marred Zamalek's Champions League game with Club Africain

The resumption of the Egyptian league after a two-month suspension passed without any major incidents at the eight games played on Wednesday and Thursday.

The league had been suspended on 4 February, shortly after the start of the civil unrest that saw Hosni Mubarak ousted from power.

The resumption was a challenge for the Egyptian police amid fears of a repeat of the violence that marred the recent African Champions League game in Cairo between Zamalek and Tunisia's Club Africain.

The only problem occurred on Wednesday as Ismaili drew 1-1 with visitors Petrojet as smoke covered the pitch from flares set off by fans causing the players to struggle with vision.

Ismaili may face a fine from the Egypt Football Association (EFA) who had promised the day before the resumption of the competition to punish any club whose fans misbehaved and therefore threatened the security of the match.

In the other games on Wednesday defending champions Al Ahly beat Ittihad Police 2-1, Gouna beat Enppi 2-1, Semouha defeated Military Production 3-2 and Masri drew with Al Geish 1-1.

The games on Thursday also passed without incident as league leaders Zamalek continued their winning ways as they beat Harras Harras al-Hadoud 2-1.

The only disappointment for the Zamalek fans was that striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam was unable to make his first league appearance for Zamalek since he signed for them in January.

He is still waiting for his international clearance so that he can start playing for Zamalek.

Despite being top Zamalek had faced a mass exodus after 12 star players, led by goalkeeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, appealed to the EFA to cancel their contracts because of the club's financial problems.

The Cairo club had threatened to continue the league with the junior players but after some negotiation the players apologized and will continue appearing for the club.

There was a big win for Wadi Degla as they beat Arab Contractors 3-0 while Makasa went one better as they overcame Ittihad of Alexandria 4-0.

This week's action is the 16th round of games with each team playing a total of 30 matches in the season.



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see also
Egyptian league is set to resume
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Caf to meet over Zamalek violence
04 Apr 11 |  African
Egypt apologises over violence
03 Apr 11 |  African
South Africa defeat holders Egypt
27 Mar 11 |  African
Egypt suspends all football
04 Feb 11 |  African


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