Egypt braces for ruling on Port Said stadium slayings
Hundreds of hardcore fans of Ahly football club, belonging to fan groups the Ultras Ahlawy and the Red Devils, have already gathered at the Ahly Club in Cairo's Zamalek awaiting the crucial court ruling that will determine the fate of defendants in the infamous February 2012 football massacre case, when over 70 Ahly fans were killed in Port Said after a match with local side Masry Al Ahramonline reported.
An initial court ruling in January sentenced 21 Masry fans to death for their role in the events. Ultras Ahlawy are eagerly awaiting the second ruling, which the group hopes will convict the nine security officials among the 52 remaining defendants.
"We want the police officers to receive at least 20 years, so we can feel that we got our revenge," Sayyed, an Ultra member, told Ahram Online.
Huge flags with the pictures of the slain fans and a banner that read "72; we will not forget you" referring to the fans who were killed are displayed at the protest.
Traffic in Zamalek has been redirected to avoid the vicinity of the club, which is now full of Ahly supporters.