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By ESPN Staff
Jul 26, 2012

CAS lifts domestic ban on Al Masry

Egyptian club Al Masry have had their ban from domestic football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but are still barred from staging games at their Port Said stadium for four years following the violence during a match in February that left more than 70 people dead.

Al Masry appealed to CAS after being hit by a series of punishments by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) following the tragedy on February 1 which occurred after Al Masry fans invaded the pitch following a surprise 3-1 win over Cairo club Al Ahly in Port Said.

CAS announced in a statement that they had partially upheld Al Masry's appeal against the EFA, who chose not to participate in the CAS procedure.

The decisions taken by CAS are that Al Masry will be able to play in EFA events in 2012-13 - having initially been banned by the EFA - and have had their demotion to the second Egyptian league for the 2013-14 campaign annulled as well.

However, CAS also announced that Al Masry remain banned from holding games in the Port Said stadium for four calendar years.

The statement added: "While spectators are banned from Al Masry home games for the next complete season, they are able to attend away matches, with the exception of the next four games against Al Ahly which shall be played without fans on neutral playground which shall be at a distance of 200 km from Cairo or Port Said.''

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