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Qatar Proposes Egypt friendly to benefit Port Said victims

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) considers a friendly against Qatar which would donate the revenues to the families of the fans killed in the Port Said stadium

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 18 Nov 2012
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From among the various invitations on the table, Egypt Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmi Mejahed speaks favourably on Qatar's request for a friendly between the national football teams for 28 December.

"Qatar asks to play a friendly against Egypt and said it would donate its revenues to the Port Said victims," the spokesman tells Ahram Online.

"We appreciate the invitation for the friendly against Qatar, as it will support our relationship with the Gulf country and also because the game's revenues will be given to the families of Port Said victims," he added.

In February, 74 people died during a local Port Said v Ahly match when, allegedly, Masry (Port Said) fans attacked the opposing fans.

"The Association's vice president will negotiate with national team coach Bradley to make the right choice," he concludes.

The Pharaohs, under the helm of American manager Bob Bradley, will not play a competitive game until March because of the stoppage after the Port Said tragedy. Egypt will host Zimbabwe in a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in the first competitive.

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