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FIFA to investigate claims of Egypt govt interference in football

FIFA delegation will start its two-day mission in Cairo on Monday

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The world football governing body FIFA is sending a delegation to probe allegations that the Egyptian government is interfering in the country’s football scene, Ahram Online reported Thursday.

The delegation will start its two-day mission in Cairo on Monday, the news website reported.

The investigation comes after several leading Egyptian clubs, including the country’s biggest – Ahly and Zamalek - wanted club elections to be postponed until a new sports law is issued. However, the sports ministry insisted on holding the elections as scheduled.

The clubs wanted to postpone the election to adhere to the statutes imposed by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee.

This has pushed the clubs to complain of government interference. In March, FIFA ordered the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to provide responses for the complaints.

The delegation will be led by Primo Corvaro, head of the FIFA Members’ Association Department. It will also include Costakis Koutoskoumnis, member of the FIFA association committee and the president of Cyprus Football Association, Magdi Shams Eldin, a member of the Confederation of African Football’s Executive Committee.

Meanwhile, Egypt has remained in the 24th position in the FIFA world rankings for May. After Egypt, Algeria was ranked in the 25th spot.