Egypt court bans popular, hard-core ‘ultra’ soccer fan clubs

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the country’s hard-core soccer fan clubs, known as “ultras,” over terrorism accusations. The ultras took part in protests during and after the 2011 uprising, and frequently clash with police in and around stadiums. The ruling

by the Court of Urgent Matters in Cairo appeared to be the latest effort by the judiciary to prevent demonstrations. During the 2011 uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak, ultras often provided muscle, directed demonstrators and led chants. They are considered one of the most organized movements in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government outlawed as a terrorist organization following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.



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