No Police at Egyptian Football Matches
The interior ministry will no longer be responsible for supplying security at Egyptian football stadia. As a result, remaining 2013-14 matches will be played behind closed doors.
A number of hardcore fans of Egyptian clubs, or “ultras,” wrote a Facebook post on Monday to say they would protest at matches until police were removed from matches.
“It’s either us or the interior ministry forces in stadiums,” said the statement. They said security should be handled by private companies.
The interior ministry responded quickly, saying they have “the same vision as the ultras groups.”
“We support their demand,” said ministry spokesperson Hany Abdel-Latif in a radio statement Monday evening.
Fans clashed with police last month, leading the Egyptian Football Association to declare Al-Ahly and Zamalek should play their remaining Champions League matches in empty stadia.
“Security forces will only be concerned with safety outside the stadiums,” said Abdel-Latif of condition for next season.
“But they will have the right to intervene at any time if violations occur.”
Qatar Costs Rising After Deaths
The cost of labor for the 2022 World Cup is expected to rise in light of reported hostile conditions.
The International Monetary Fund reports that publicity related to migrant worker deaths in Qatar could create an unexpected expense for tournament organizers.
Reports circulated last year that a number of Nepali workers had died while putting in long work days with inadequate supplies of food and water.
“Working conditions of some construction workers and domestic help has made global headlines and could affect the availability and cost of hiring new workers in the future,” said the IMF.
“This would hinder growth, since the success of Qatar’s current development model depends importantly on the ability to rapidly hire expatriate workers.”
Qatar’s population rose by 10 percent in 2013 as immigrants continue to pour into the Gulf state. Its population is now 1.8 million.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin