Aug. 11 - Pro-Mursi camps play football as authorities threaten to remove protesters by force. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: As the threat of removal was looming for their sit-in, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohamed Mursi took part in a football match on Sunday (August 11). Pro-Mursi crowds were seen cheering, drumming and chanting in a welcome distraction from the tense political situation. The match, a friendly game between the two sit-in groups, took place on the same night that security and government sources said police are expected to start taking action against supporters of Mursi, gathered in crowded protest camps in Cairo. Football has long been a passion in Egypt but since the revolt of 2011, politics has pushed football aside as a main topic of debate. A violent incident at a football match in Port Said left more than 70 people dead in February, 2012, after which the domestic league was canceled. The domestic league was once again canceled after the downfall of president Mohamed Mursi last month. Mursi supporters have been staging a sit-in at two separate locations in Cairo for over one month. The sites are the main flashpoints in the confrontation between the army, which toppled Mursi last month, and supporters who demand his reinstatement. Western and Arab mediators and some senior Egyptian government officials have been trying to persuade the army to avoid using force against the protesters, who at times can number in the tens of thousands.