Brazilian football coach flees Egypt due to unrest

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Mass protests planned by the Egyptian opposition forces at the end of this month sparked fear in the country as Zamalek’s Brazilian coach, Jorvan Vieira, left the country Friday for an open-ended holiday, Ahram Online reported the football club as saying.

“Vieira informed the team’s technical staff that he would leave Egypt on Friday,” Ahram Online quoted an official Zamalek club source as saying on Thursday.

“He said he would return to Egypt when the country re-establishes a degree of calm,” the source told the Egyptian website.

Despite citing political tensions as a reason for leaving Egypt, Vieira’s contract with Zamalek ends at the end of June. Until now, he has declined offers for a contract renewal.

Opposition forces are vying to unseat President Mohammad Mursi. The leader’s supporters are also planning rallies to counter that of the opposition.

Egypt’s army warned it will not allow the country to descend into chaos and it will intervene if necessary.

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