At least 25 people dead in Egyptian soccer riots near Cairo

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At least 20 people killed in Egypt soccer riot
Sunday February 8th, 2015

At least 25 people died outside of Cairo Sunday evening as a result of riots at an Egyptian Premier League soccer match that have forced the suspension of an Egyptian soccer tournament, according to the Associated Press. 

The riots occurred at Air Defense Stadium east of the capital before a scheduled match between Zamalek and ENPPI. 

Zamalek fans have posted to social media that riots ensued when only one small doorway to the stadium was opened, causing a large number of waiting fans to grow impatient and storm the doorway, according to AP.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry claimed fans were attempting to enter the venue without tickets, according to BuzzFeed Sports. 

An emergency meeting of Egypt's cabinet was called in order to address the violence. 

Three years ago, similar soccer-related violence was responsible for 74 deaths in Port Said. 

- Will Green

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