Fifa Tags Ivory Coast V Senegal Match As ‘high Risk’, No Word On Egypt-ghana In Cairo
Posted On Tuesday, 8th October 2013
Fifa has classified the Ivory Coast – Senegal match in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying knockout as risky but the world governing have refused to classify the Ghana-Egypt game in Cairo as risky despite the escalating violence in the north African country.
Ivory Coast and Senegal clashed last year in the build up to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, with the return leg played in Dakar degenerating into total chaos.
According to the Ivory Coast Football Federation, 1700 security operatives, including police and gendarmes, have been recruited for Saturday’s encounter, with 18 checkpoints and several observation posts installed in and outside the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, where the game will hold.
Sale of tickets began on Monday, with the 28,484 tickets expected to be sold out before Friday. Tickets will not be sold on match day to avoid rush.
A special escort will be put in place for Senegal supporters, according to the FA, to dissuade local fans from retaliating the brutality some Ivorians suffered at the hands of Senegalese fans last year in Dakar.
Despite these measures on the Ivory Coast-Senegal game, FIFA is refusing to comment on the match between Ghana and Egypt scheduled for Cairo next month.
Egypt has been in turmoil since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.
On Sunday 6 October at least 51 were killed and hundreds injured during clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and security forces or supporters of the military. And in reprisal attacks more than nine security officers were killed across the country on Monday.
Egyptian military authorities have for the past two years refused supporters access to matches because of the fear of violence and recent national team matches and games for giants Al Ahly and Zamalek in the CAF Champions League have been played behind closed doors.
However, Air Defence stadium, a military-owned venue has been revealed as the venue to host the game, and they will allow supporters to watch the match contrary to recent fears of violent attacks on the military and police during matches.