Egyptian violence leads to cancellation of the national league

After the ousting of president Mohammed Morsi and the violence that followed, the Egyptian FA have had to cancel the country's league due to security fears

Violent clashes and a collapse in general order has plagued Egypt since president Mohammed Morsi was toppled as the country’s leader at the beginning of the month. People are being killed every night as the protests become deadly and hundreds more are being arrested by the authorities.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has said that it is impossible to continue the country’s football league given the violence and the Interior Ministry has demanded that it be discontinued until further notice.

Al-Ahly and Zamalek have been made joint champions, although the former voted against cancelling the league and sharing the title, perhaps due to the fact that they have remained unbeaten all season.

Football in the country had to be suspended last season and eventually cancelled, when 70 spectators were killed during a clash between Cairo’s rival teams Al-Ahly and Al-Masry at Port Said. The confrontation was between those who agreed and disagreed with the ousting of another former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak.

The participation of Al-Ahly and Zamalek in the CAF Champions League has not yet been questioned, even though their match originally scheduled for this Sunday has had to be moved to the 24th July, switching from a venue in Cairo to the safer Red Sea resort of El Gouna.

Although even this may have to be reconsidered as the EFA and the Confederation of African Football look into the possibility of the match taking place abroad, where the safety of players and fans can be guaranteed.

There has already been a ban on Egyptian fans following their teams in the continental competition and watching the two teams on television will be the only chance they have of enjoying football in the country for the foreseeable future.

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