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Egypt's premier league to be suspended

News 15 Jul 2013, 15:49 IST

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Cairo, July 15 (IANS): The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has said it will be impossible to continue the football season after the country’s Interior Ministry asked for suspension of the premier league indefinitely over security concerns.

“Continuing the league has now become impossible within such a limited time,” said EFA executive director Tharwat Suweilam in a statement Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The premier league has been suspended indefinitely since the toppling of former president Mohamed Morsi July 3.

Last year’s season was also cancelled after a tragedy in Port Said when dozens died and hundreds were injured in clashes between fans of Cairo-based Al-Ahly team and the host local team Al-Masry.

The Interior Ministry also refused to provide security in the CAF Champion League match between the two Egyptian rivals Al-Ahly and Al-Zamalek. The match was scheduled to be played July 21.

EFA is still discussing with the CAF and the two teams about the possibility of holding the match abroad.

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