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Tunisian football league resumption on hold

Plans to resume the Tunisian domestic league are put on hold given ongoing security concerns

Hatem Maher , Friday 11 Mar 2011
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The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) said its domestic league would not resume Sunday as scheduled.

The competition was due to restart this weekend after a two-month hiatus following the popular uprising in Tunisia that forced former President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia.

“The federation has decided to postpone the league’s resumption for an indefinite period,” FTF spokesman Mohamed El-Hady told a news conference.

“The clubs refused to play unless they get security guarantees. They also asked for financial support to cope with their huge losses due to the turmoil and the league’s stoppage.”

It is the second time the Tunisian League’s resumption has been postponed as the competition was initially scheduled to be resume 26 February.

Tunisian clubs recently turned down a request from the FTF to stage the league games behind closed doors, fearing the expected ill effects of losing match revenue.

“We might not be able to resume the league this month because of the clubs’ African commitments,” El-Hady added.

Tunisia’s Club Africain will host Egyptian giants Zamalek in the first leg of the Cup of African Champions League Round 32 on 19 March.

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