Egypt to respond to Algerian football “hooliganism”

Having ordered extra bonuses for members of Egypt’s national football team, President Hosni Mubarak is expected to meet with both players and team managers today to express the country’s appreciation for their strong performance within the last four years.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Football Federation (EFF) is reportedly compiling evidence that Egyptian fans in Sudan — where Algeria beat Egypt in a World Cup qualifying match last week — were assaulted by Algerian football hooligans.

EFF President Samir Zaher is scheduled to travel to Switzerland on Tuesday where he will lodge a formal complaint, supported by photographic and video evidence implicating Algerian assailants, with the International Football Federation (FIFA). "We will hold an international press conference to reveal the truth to the world," Zaher said.   

For his part, Al-Tayeb Babakr, who was responsible for security during the Sudan match, refuted the assertion that Algerian fans had smuggled knives into the stadium. "All reported clashes occurred outside the stadium," he said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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