Egypt’s general prosecution to investigate alleged irregularities in 2006 Nations Cup

Ahram Online, Friday 12 Oct 2012

The Egyptian general prosecution to investigate possible financial irregularities in the country’s hosting of the 2006 African Cup of Nations

Nations Cup trophy
Nations Cup trophy (Photo: Ahram)

The Egyptian general prosecution is set to investigate possible financial irregularities in the country’s hosting of the 2006 African Cup of Nations after receiving a report from the sports ministry on Thursday.

The general prosecution decided to open investigation into the matter after the Central Auditing Organization published a detailed report last week in which it said the Nations Cup organizing committee “squandered millions of pounds of public money.”

The organizing committee, which was headed by current FIFA executive committee member, Hani Abou-Reida, faces a variety of accusations, including selling tickets in the black market.

The general prosecution then demanded the sports ministry to send all documents related to the hosting of the 2006 Nations Cup, which was won by Egypt following a penalty shootout victory over Ivory Coast in the final match.

Abou-Reida was due to run for Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president, but was eventually disqualified on legal grounds, as he served as an EFA official for two consecutive terms.

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