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Soccer fans clash with police before African Champions League final in Cairo


FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 file photo, Egyptian riot police stand guard at the Borg El-Arab Stadium stadium near Alexandria, Egypt, before Egypt's Al-Ahly club takes on Tunisia's Esperance for a match in the first leg of the African Champions League final near Alexandria, Egypt. Two international football matches, including a World Cup playoff, are set to take place in Egypt’s turbulent capital, putting security there to the test after violent street protests and bloody security crackdowns followed a military coup. Egypt's home match against Ghana deciding which African team will go to Brazil next year will be Nov. 19, 2013 in a military-owned stadium in the capital. In a test run for security forces, Cairo's Al-Ahly club will host South Africa's Orlando Pirates in the second leg of their African Champions League final this weekend in the same stadium. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad, File) (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of Egyptian soccer fans have clashed with police outside a Cairo stadium before the African Champions League final.

Police used tear gas Sunday to disperse the crowd, which threw rocks and tried to push its way into the stadium. Many of the fans had no tickets. A police car was damaged in the confrontation before Al Ahly was to host South Africa's Orlando Pirates in the second leg of the club championship.

The scene raised fears for the World Cup playoff between Egypt and Ghana in Cairo in just more than a week.

The African Champions League final is the first major match in Egypt in which a large number of fans have been allowed to attend since 74 people, mainly Al Ahly fans, were killed in a riot at a game last year.