Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf apologized late to the Tunisian people for attacks against the players of a Tunisian football club by an Egyptian club’s fans who invaded the pitch of the Cairo stadium during an African Champions League clash on Sunday.
Hundreds of Zamalek supporters invaded the pitch during their team’s match with Tunisia’s Club Africain on Saturday causing the game to be abandoned.
Zamalek were winning 2-1 when the Egyptian side’s third goal was ruled out, angering the home fans who took over the pitch and forced the Algerian referee to leave.
Police said an unknown number of fans have been wounded in the incident.
Zamalek and Tunisian visitor Club Africain were at 1-1 when the referee waived off a Zamalek goal for offside three minutes into injury time.
Police say that prompted thousands among the 60,000-strong crowd to storm the field, leading to injuries, and players also fought each other. Police say they intervened to help the ref, who immediately canceled the match.