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Egyptian hooligans to attend cup final despite ban

The fans are set to turn up to the game uninvited. (©GettyImages)
The fans are set to turn up to the game uninvited. (©GettyImages).

Egyptian side Zamalek's hardcore fans, known as Ultras White Knights, have announced they intend to break the crowd ban at the Egypt Cup final this Saturday.

A statement released on the groups Facebook page, which has over 400,000 members, read: "Fans attendance at the Egypt Cup final is neither debatable nor negotiable. The Ultras White Knights will be on the battle field." 

The Royal's, as their also known, are set to play Wadi Degla in the Egypt Cup final in the Red Sea resort of Gouna. 

The venue is 430km from Zamalek's home, based in Cairo. 

"Whether you agree or not, the white crowd will be in Gouna," they added.

The tournament has been played behind closed doors amid security concerns, after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi following mass protests in July this year. 

The Egyptian Premier League itself has been cancelled for the previous two consecutive seasons. The first because of dozens of fans were killed at the Port Said stadium. 

The following campaign was halted because of security concerns following Morsi's ouster. 

The Ultras added: "The best moments for fans are those they spend supporting their team during their glories and victories." 

The Egypt Cup final takes place ten days before the second-leg of the national team's World Cup playoff against Ghana, who take a 6-1 lead into the tie. 

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