Libya to boycott matches against teams from Algeria and Egypt

June 1, 2010
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Libya’s clubs will boycott matches against teams from Algeria and Egypt, the government has allegedly decided.

The ban covers all sports matches and athletic competitions, Libyan and Algerian media have said.

No official statement was issued to explain the boycott, but Libya Sports Channel said that the government had informed the Libyan Olympic Committee that Libyan teams would not play against Algerian or Egyptian teams in any competition and that the ban had started on May 25.

Egypt’s Ahly Club last month knocked out Libya’s Ahli Tripoli in a two-leg match that saw the Egyptian team overcome a 2-0 deficit from the first match to win 3-2 on aggregate and advance to the next round of the African Champions Clubs competition.

A local daily, Libya Al Youm, reported that club presidents contacted to explain the reasons for the ban expressed surprise and said that they were not aware of it.

In the absence of an official explanation, observers were wondering whether the decision was politically motivated or whether the Libyan government took the action to show its displeasure with the bitter standoff between the two countries over the November 18 match that broke the deadlock between the two teams and enabled Algeria to qualify for the World Cup finals scheduled to start next week in South Africa.

Libya’s refusal to play matches under the auspices of the international football federation (FIFA) and the African Football Confederation (CAF) would result in severe suspensions.

 

         

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