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African, European confederations sign football cooperation deal

The deal, called a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will allow for the development of football in Africa and Europe.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) signed Thursday a deal to enhance mutual co-operation, the Egyptian daily news website al-Ahram reported.

“UEFA benefits from the presence of many African players in Europe, so we are giving something in return. I’m representing 54 European countries who asked me to provide assistance to other federations,” Michel Platini, the president of UEFA, said in a news conference following the signing of the deal at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.

“We are also providing administrative assistance to CAF that I’m sure would be useful,” he added.

The deal, called a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will allow for the development of football in Africa and Europe. The MoU deal is valid till July 31, 2015.

During the conference, Issa Hayatou, president of CAF, expressed his gratitude towards Egyptian security forces for their efforts to secure the country.

“All the officials are fully secured on their way from and to the airport. We have never faced any security-related problems,” Hayatou said.

“The CAF is always safe here. I should thank the Egyptian authorities for that,” he added.

Hayatou’s comments came hours before clashes between Egypt’s security forces and Al Ahly football club fans erupted near Cairo International Stadium, causing several injuries.