It’s unclear when Premier League football will return to Egypt in the wake of the Port Said stadium disaster that left 74 dead and more than 1,000 injured.
Egyptian police clash with fans after the Feb. 1 football match in Port Said, 220km northeast of Cairo. (Getty Images)
According to a BBC report, the Egyptian Football Association is indefinitely delaying kickoff of the 2012/2013 season because of security concerns.
Play was scheduled to begin in September but was delayed due to ongoing protests from fans of Al Ahly as well as the relatives of victims, hundreds of whom attacked the Egyptian FA’s headquarters last month demanding justice for those killed in the Feb. 1 riots.
The tragedy – later referred to by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as a “black day for football” – occurred when rival fans invaded the pitch and fought running battles after Al Masry bear Al-Ahly 3-1.
Knives, stones and bottles were used as weapons in Egypt’s worst ever outbreak of football hooliganism. Police were quickly overwhelmed and powerless to stop the escalating violence.
The bulk of the 2011/12 was cancelled as a result, and now the 2012/2013 campaign appears in jeopardy too.
Al Ahly, meanwhile, are still alive in the African Champions League but must play Saturday’s second leg of their semi-final against Sunshine Stars of Nigeria behind closed doors in Cairo, protocol also followed for their September tie against Egyptian rivals Zamalek.
Nicaraguan Defender Banned for Life
Armando Jose Collado Lanuza of Nicaragua will never play sanctioned football again.
Armando Jose Collado Lanuza (left) during a 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup match in Honduras. (Getty Images)
FIFA has confirmed the Sept. 17 decision of its disciplinary committee to extend worldwide the match-fixing sanctions previously imposed on Collado at the national level.
“The disciplinary committee of the Football Federation of Nicaragua, after having conducted a complete investigation, banned Armando Jose Collado Lanuza for life from all football-related activities, in relation to the friendly match played in Miami between Nicaragua and Guatemala on 4 September 2010,” reads a statement posted to FIFA.com.
“FIFA’s decision [to extend the ban worldwide] was taken following receipt of the case file, and is in accordance with article 136 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”
Collado allegedly manipulated the result of the 2010 friendly, won 5-0 by Guatemala.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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