CAIRO – Egypt's Ministry of Interior says some 2,000 soccer fans stormed Cairo's main stadium ahead of a rare match that supporters are allowed to attend.
Security officials say they managed to expel fans from the stadium Saturday, confiscating 10 bags containing fireworks and banners. The fans entered after a truck broke through a stadium gate, they added.
The match_the CAF Confederation Cup championship between Egyptian club Al Ahly and the Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport_is still set to be played as scheduled, the officials say.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.
Al-Ahly fans, who are deeply politicized, frequently clash with police inside and outside of stadiums. After an outbreak of stadium violence in 2012, most matches have been closed to the public.