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Football league relegation troubles revolutionary Tunisia and Egypt

After political revolutions interrupted the domestic competitions, the relegation system has been canceled in Tunisia, and there are demands for it to be canceled in Egypt as well

Eslam Omar, Wednesday 6 Jul 2011
Fans of Egypt's Zamalek invade the pitch during their African Champions League (CAF) soccer match against Tunisia's Club Africain at Cairo stadium (Photo: Reuters)
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Tunisian club E.S. Sahel announced their disapproval of the Tunisian Football Association's (TFA) decision to cancel relegation this season due to the league stoppage.

“The decision’s timing reflects badly on the competition as there are only two rounds remaining,” the club stated.

E.S. Sahel  are the runners-up of the table with two points separating them from Esperance, who lead the league table with 58 points.

The TFA canceled the relegation system on Tuesday to avoid more financial disasters to local clubs after football activities were paused for months due to the country’s unrest during and after the revolution that ousted former president Ben Ali.

“It’s a wrong decision that spoils the title race,” E. S. Sahel president Hamed Kamoun told Reuters, adding, “After this decision, we should cancel this edition of the league too.”

The situation is similar with revolutionist brothers Egypt, as the relegated clubs, Smouha, Arab contractors and Ittihad of Alexandria, are demanding that the Egyptian Football Association cancels the relegation system this season after the league stoppage that caused financial troubles.

It came as no surprise that hundreds of popular Alexandrian club Ittihad fans and players protested on Wednesday in front of the northern military headquarters in Alexandria, demanding that the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) cancels the relegation system this season.

Cairo-based Ahly are close to claiming their seventh successive league title, as they are in the driving seat with 5 points ahead of archrivals Zamalek.

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