Who'd have thunk it?

A major Egyptian group of ultras, fanatical soccer fans who played a key role in the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and was developing into a powerful political pressure group, invaded the pitch during their team’s crucial African Champions League match against Tunisia’s Club Africain in a stunning reversal of their fortunes.

Ultras White Knights (UWK), the highly organized radical fan group of crowned Cairo club Zamalek SC, stormed Cairo International Stadium’s soccer pitch in the 90th minute of the game disrupting the match, destroying goal posts and everything else in their path.

UWK leaders, who had put on a well-oiled display of support for Zamalek with flares, fireworks, 70-meter long banners and smoke guns, said the disruption reflected the growing influence of hooligans within the group.