Egypt football fans clash with police, 25 injured

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Supporters of Egypt's Al Ahly football club and police clashed on Thursday evening at Cairo International stadium, leaving 25 police injured, Al Arabiya reported.

"After the end of the game, some of the fans chanted anti-police slogans before hurling water bottles, seats and fireworks at the forces who were securing the game," a statement released by the Interior Ministry read.

"On their way out, the fans have also torched a police vehicle and two civilian cars ... 10 officers and 15 conscripts were injured as a result. The security forces managed to contain the situation and arrested a number of rioters," the statement added.

The clashes erupted shortly after the Egyptian club won a second successive African Super Cup trophy by beating Tunisia's Sfaxien 3-2.

Following the incident, the Interior Ministry decided to "review its decision to lift the crowd ban," according to the statement.

The match was held amid security concerns as Egypt witnessed deadly soccer riots in Feb. 2012 in the coastal city of Port Said, which left more than 70 dead and dozens injured.

Since the deadly incident, the Egyptian authorities suspended the local premier league competition until Feb. 2013, when the Egyptian Football Association held a game without any spectators.

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