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Egyptian Football Association faces suspension for pro-Sisi conference

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi honors players of his country's national football team in Cairo, following their win over Congo and securing a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, on 9 October,2017 [Egyptian President Office/Apaimages]
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi honors players of his country's national football team in Cairo, following their win over Congo and securing a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, on 9 October,2017 [Egyptian President Office/Apaimages]

The Egyptian Football Association faces being suspended by FIFA for organising a pro-Sisi conference on Sunday where it expressed its support for the current president of Egypt who is running for a second term in the upcoming elections this year.

The association’s pro-Sisi stance could result in it being disqualified from taking part in the World Football Cup tournament that will be held in Russia later this year.

FIFA regulations stipulate that associations must be independent and that governments must not interfere in the affairs of associations and federations.

In October 2015 world sports bodies led by FIFA suspended Kuwait for a second time over government interference in sports.

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