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El-Geish coach condemns EFA for league cancellation

'People sitting in coffee shops could make a better decision,” says Farouk Ga’afar in response to cancellation of Egypt football season due to crowd disturbance fears

Ahram Online, Sunday 11 Mar 2012
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El-Giesh coach Farouk Gafaar (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Farouk Ga’afar, manager of El-Geish, has attacked the decision of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to cancel the Egyptian Premier League season and replace it with a friendly tournament.

“Who took the decision to cancel the league season? People sitting in cafes could make a better decision,” Ga’afar told a TV programme on the Modern Sports channel.

The current EFA board, which was appointed after the former board resigned following the Port Said disaster on 1 February, cancelled the season to avoid potential crowd violence.

“I demand the resumption of the competition. I think it is really bad for Egypt's reputation to hold a so-called friendly tournament,” Ga’far insisted.

“Football is a big business and cancelling the competition will cost clubs, players, media and all the people involved in it a lot of money,” he concluded.

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