Ghana To Protest To Fifa Over Cairo Venue As Violence In Egypt Escalates
Posted On Monday, 7th October 2013
The Ghana FA will write to FIFA on Monday to ask for their crucial World Cup playoffs return leg against Egypt next month to be moved from Cairo as violence in the troubled country escalates, the Ghanaian media has reported on Monday.
According to a report on Oman FM, the GFA will ask the world governing body to seek for a new venue for the match next month after 50 people were killed in running battles with security forces in the unstable country.
Football matches were used by protesters to start protests since the revolution broke out in the country two years ago and has seen many people killed in various stadiums in the country with attacks on security forces.
This led to the decision to close all the stadia in the country from fans which has halted the country’s league but they authorities quickly opened the stadium when they were drawn to play Ghana.
The Black Stars will travel to play the Pharaohs on November 19 and the Air Defense stadium in Cairo was chosen as the match venue to be played in front of 40,000 fans even though matches have not been played before fans for several months because of the security situation.
But with the ugly violence in the country erupting again leading to the deaths of many people the GFA wants FIFA to change the venue to avoid the situation of exposing players and officials to dangers of being killed during the match.
At least 50 people have been killed in a latest clashes between police and supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Sunday.
The Ghana will lodge an official complaint to world governing body, FIFA, this week over the match venue for the crucial return encounter with fears the safety of the Ghanaian national team and their supporters cannot be guaranteed.
FIFA approved the venue despite the violence that has claimed thousands of lives since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
There are fears violence could erupt during the crucial playoffs especially if the Black Stars beat them to qualify to Brazil 2014.
Cairo has been flagged as a high-risk security area and this alert cannot be taken lightly.
Media reports in Ghana have suggested UAE, Qatar or Saudi Arabia could be the likely destination for the return fixture next month.
The Pharaohs will travel to Ghana later this week for the first leg tie at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on Tuesday October 15.