At least 30 die clashes outside Cairo football stadium

At least 30 people were killed Sunday and dozens more have been injured after clashes outside a football stadium in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, authorities said on early Monday, although reports suggest the death toll is as high as 40. Egypt's premier league has been suspended until further notice.

The incident happened outside an army-owned stadium in the capital's northeast ahead of a premier league match between the Zamalek and ENPPI football clubs. Authorities said the violence began when Zamalek supporters tried to enter the stadium without having bought tickets, prompting police to fire tear gas to disperse the football fans.

The game continued despite the violence and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Egypt's Health Ministry confirmed at least 19 people had been killed in the violence, but a medical source told the Al-Ahram newspaper that no less than 30 supporters had died. Al Jazeera, meanwhile, cited medics as saying that at least 40 people had died and said dozens more were injured.

The Zamalek football club, which is also known as the Ultras White Knights, said it confirmed at least 22 deaths and condemned Sunday's incident as a "premeditated massacre." The club said scores of Zamalek fans were waiting in line inside cage-like structures when police fired tear gas into it.

In response to the incident, Egypt's cabinet decided to postpone the country's premier league until "further notice."

Joseph Blatter, the president of the world football's governing body FIFA, said he was "very sad" about the news from Egypt, according to a post on his official Twitter account.

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