Surveillance cameras for all Egyptian sports venues

March 19th, 2012 - 8:40 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, March 19 (IANS) Egyptian government has decided to install surveillance cameras in its all sports venues following Feb 1 football fans’ clashes in a stadium that left 74 people as dead while injuring hundreds others.

The move came during a meeting presided by Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, Xinhua reported citing Al-Ahram daily.

Two meetings were conducted Saturday over the Port Said tragedy and the possible resumption of domestic football activities. It was also decided to appoint a new governor for Port Said within days, the daily reported.

On Feb 1, clashes had broken out in Port Said stadium after el-Masry team beat the most popular national team el-Ahly three to one in an Egyptian premier league.

Emad al-Bannani, head of the National Sports Council, said the penalties for the Port Said’s al-Masry team will be announced within 10 days.

Last week, 75 people had been referred to a criminal court in connection with the football match riots. The charged people included nine police officers, three officials of el-Masry club and two minors.

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