Lebanese Police lift ban on football spectators

Lebanese Police lift ban on football spectators
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Published March 19th, 2016 - 19:45 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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The ISF announced the ban in February after violence erupted between Ansar and Safa fans at the Burj Hammoud stadium during quarterfinals for the Lebanese Cup
The ISF announced the ban in February after violence erupted between Ansar and Safa fans at the Burj Hammoud stadium during quarterfinals for the Lebanese Cup

Internal Security Forces lifted a ban Friday that prevented football fans from attending matches after fights and riots had recently broken out.

ISF head Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous promised the Lebanese Football Association’s chief Hachem Haidar that he would enforce measures to prevent violence in the future.

Basbous met with a delegation from the LFA to discussed measures to prevent riots from occurring during matches.

The ISF announced the ban in February after violence erupted between Ansar and Safa fans at the Burj Hammoud stadium during quarterfinals for the Lebanese Cup.

Fans have previously defied the ban and stormed into the stadiums where their teams where playing. Last weekend, Nejmeh Football Club’s fans forced their way into the Burj Hammoud stadium where their team was playing. Before the break-in hundreds demonstrated in front of the stadium and condemned the ban.

Supporters of the Ansar club also managed to enter a match for their team over the weekend at the Beirut Municipal Stadium.

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