32 fans hurt after Egypt-Algeria clash

Cairo - Thirty-two people, including 20 Algerians, were injured in clashes in and around Cairo after a crunch World Cup football qualifier between Egypt and Algeria, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

Ministry spokesman Abderrahman Shahin, quoted by Egypt's state news agency MENA, said 12 Egyptians and 20 Algerians were injured in central Cairo and in Giza, near the capital, on Saturday night.

Twenty-nine of them have been discharged while the three others are in "stable condition," said Shahin.

On Saturday, an official with the security services said that three Algerian supporters were lightly injured on leaving the stadium in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo.

Trouble flared after the game when a group of Egyptian fans stoned buses ferrying Algerian fans away from the stadium, an AFP journalist said. Three Algerian players were injured when stones were also hurled at their bus.

Cairo newspapers earlier feted Egypt's home team and their supporters after the Pharoahs beat Algeria's Desert Foxes, keeping alive their hopes of qualification for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa. - Sapa-AFP


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