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FIFA to step in to reinstate Egypt's FA, says Blatter

posted 5 Feb 2012, 11:34 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Feb 2012, 11:35 ]

FIFA's President Sepp Blatter says the world soccer body will take action to reinstate Egypt's Football Association (EFA), suspended by Cairo after 74 people died in violence at a match in Port Said.

ASUNCION, PARAGUAY (FEBRUARY 5, 2012) (TELEFUTURO) - 
FIFA will take steps to reinstate Egypt's Football Association (EFA), suspended by Cairo after 74 people died in violence at a match in Port Said, FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said on Sunday (February 5).
Blatter, attending an extraordinary congress of the South American Football Confederation at its Paraguay headquarters, said the EFA's suspension after Wednesday's (February 1) violence was a direct intervention into soccer affairs which FIFA could not accept.


"The (Egyptian) government intervened directly by suspending the (country's) football association which is direct interference in the organisation of football," Blatter told a news conference.


"We are going to take steps from tomorrow so that this association is reinstated because it is the (body) that has the responsibility to organise the competitions and it must carry on its responsibility," the president of world soccer's governing body said.


The incident, when fans invaded the pitch in Port Said after home team al-Masry beat Cairo giants al-Ahli, was Egypt's worst soccer disaster and Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri sacked the EFA board.


It was also the incident with the highest number of victims in Egypt since an uprising brought down the government of Hosni Mubarak early last year. Most of the deaths were among people trampled in the crush of the panicking crowd.

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