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Egypt File Official Complaint With FIFA, Claim That Bus Was Attacked and Players Were Racially Abused by Fans
- The Egyptian Football Association has accused Senegalese fans of racism after their hostile treatment of the Egyptian side
- The Egyptian FA filed an official complaint with FIFA after their team bus was attacked by an angry mob
- Players were also allegedly racially abused and had rocks and water bottles thrown at them before the game
Following their defeat to Senegal last night in a World Cup qualifier, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has officially filed a complaint with FIFA regarding events that took place before, during and after the game.
Egypt were beaten 3-1 on penalties after the two sides were deadlocked after the two legs.
While much news has been made of the lasers aimed at Egyptian players during the game and more notably during the penalty shootout, there were other controversial moments that the Egyptian FC has since brought to light.
As reported by Soccer Laduma, the Egyptian FA claimed that their team bus was attacked by a mob of Senegalese fans. They reported this to FIFA and CAF, claiming that injuries were sustained during the attack.
The EFA further claimed that Egyptian players were racially abused while warming up and offensive banners, directed at their players, were spotted in the stadium. Egypt’s keeper. Mohammed El Shanawy, also had water bottles thrown at him during the game.
"The Egyptian Football Association have lodged a formal complaint against its Senegalese counterpart to the match observer, the security official, CAF, and FIFA, before the start of the match between the two teams," a statement from the EFA read.
The statement went on to state how players were subjected to racist abuse and were terrorised by having bottles and stones thrown at them.
After Ghana progressed to Qatar at the expense of The Super Eagles, angry fans stormed the field and proceeded to destroy parts of the stadium. Police had to be called in to restore law and order.
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The Liverpool ace had a night to forget as the Pharaohs failed to book a World Cup spot, with Senegal advancing at their expense. Having lost 1-0 in the reverse tie played in Egypt, Senegal knew too well a draw of whatever nature could leave them in danger of missing a World Cup spot.
Buoyed by the home support, the Lions of Teranga staged a brave performance during the Tuesday night, March 29, encounter and had their efforts rewarded inside four minutes of action when Hamdi Fathi scored an own goal.