Fans to return to football matches; Rabaa’s five-year anniversary goes unnoticed
The Madbouly Cabinet approved yesterday allowing football fans to return to stadiums in September, Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy confirmed at yesterday’s meeting. Audiences will be limited to a maximum of 5,000 people per game as a first step, according to Sobhy, who added that the move will be made possible through dedicated efforts from the government, but also the football federation and clubs. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly warned that any violations would be dealt with sternly. The decision to allow football fans back into football stadiums as of next month received the most attention from the talking heads last night.
The gradual return of fans to football matches will be strictly regulated to prevent security issues from arising, Cabinet Spokesperson Ashraf Sultan told Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra. Security measures and regulations will be announced before the first stadium opens its doors again, Sultan said (watch, runtime: 6:45). Sultan had a similar conversation on Al Hayah fi Masr (watch, runtime: 4:57).
Among those regulations is limiting the number of stadiums that will be allowed to host fans, according to sports critic Essam Shaltout. Stadiums will be selected based on whether or not they meet safety and security requirements.
The authorities also reportedly plan on compiling a database of fans who will be allowed inside stadiums through online ticket purchases (watch, runtime: 10:46). Yahduth fi Masr also covered the news (watch, runtime: 0:48).
The story is receiving widespread coverage in the foreign press from the likes of the BBC and the National.
CPA boss talks handling consumer complaints: Consumer Protection Agency head Rady Abdel Moaty (fondly known to us as “Stickers”) had a chat with Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal about the agency’s mandate. Abdel Moaty announced the CPA has recently launched an initiative nauseatingly dubbed “A week for the love of the nation” that revolves around the agency resolving people’s complaints with companies (watch, runtime: 3:50). Isn’t that what they’re supposed to do all other weeks of the year?
Abdel Moaty also gave his two cents on the Rabaa dispersal, during which he held the position of assistant interior minister for human rights. He maintained the ministry had been transparent with the dispersal by briefing civil society organizations on the situation beforehand (watch, runtime: 5:36).
State Information Services boss Diaa Rashwan also weighed in on Rabaa and what little potential remains for a reconciliation with the Ikhwan and other Islamist groups (watch, runtime: 1:32).
The recently inaugurated Assiut dam also got more airtime last night, with Irrigation Ministry official Ashraf Hebeishi giving Masaa DMC further details on the project (watch, runtime: 7:22 and runtime: 7:05).