Tear gas halts international friendly match
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Tear gas forces players and officials off the pitch during an international friendly between Egypt and Libya.
CAIRO, EGYPT (JANUARY 29, 2016) (AL HAYAH TV NETWORK – NO ACCESS EGYPT)
1. TEAR GAS CLOUDS WITH SIGN READING ASWAN STADIUM
2. WIDE OF PITCH
3. PLAYER ON GROUND
4. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS RUNNING OFF FIELD
5. SUPPORTERS LEAVING STANDS
6. MATCH OFFICIALS LEAVING PITCH
7. GAS IN AIR WITH SIGN READING ASWAN STADIUM
8. PLAYERS CHOKING
STORY: A friendly match between Egypt and Libya in the southern city of Aswan was briefly suspended on Friday (January 29) after tear gas drifted into the stadium and affected players and officials.
Police had fired gas canisters to control unruly crowds trying to force their way into the stadium, according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.
Players and officials abandoned the pitch and the match was halted for six minutes as the clouds of gas cleared.
But in a statement to Al Hayah TV a senior security official said a canister was “accidentally” fired among crowds outside the stadium.
Egypt eventually won the match 2-0.
Soccer matches are often a flashpoint for violence in Egypt. Early last year, at least 22 people were killed outside an stadium after police used tear gas to clear the fans trying to force their way into a league match between two Cairo clubs, Zamalek and Enppi, doctors and witnesses said.