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Algeria team bus attack

FIFA to investigate Egypt

November 19, 2009
By Soccernet staff

FIFA today opened disciplinary proceedings against the Egyptian Football Association after the Algerian team bus was pelted with stones in the lead-up to the World Cup qualifier between the two teams last Saturday.

GettyImagesThere was a heavy police presence at the one-off play-off in Sudan.

The world governing body confirmed they had received reports of "incidents affecting the Algerian team on its way from the airport to the hotel'' two days before the game.

Egypt won the game 2-0 in Cairo to force a play-off to decide which of the two sides would make it to next summer's World Cup.

Algeria won the one-off play-off 1-0 at the Khartoum Stadium in Sudan on Wednesday night, where there was a heavy police contingent because of fears of potential crowd touble.

"FIFA has today officially opened disciplinary proceedings related to the Preliminary Competition match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup between Egypt and Algeria on 14 November 2009," a statement on FIFA's official website said.

"According to the official reports received by FIFA, on 12 November, there were incidents affecting the Algerian team on its way from the airport to the hotel.

"Consequently, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Egyptian Football Association. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee will decide on the case.''