Football Association asks Morsy to intervene for suspension end

Egyptian Football Association spokesperson Azmi Megahed called on President Mohamed Morsy to intervene against the suspension of football activities in Egypt.

The EFA received a letter Sunday from the Interior Ministry saying that it refuses to resume football activities because of the current security situation, state-run news agency MENA reported.

"I believe that the ministry's decree was hasty and I even consider it to be disastrous as football activities have been suspended since February. The president must intervene to find a solution since football is a source of income for a wide range of people," Megahed said.

"Egyptian clubs are facing severe financial crises after the suspension and cannot find resources to pay the players after the withdrawal of the sponsoring companies. The suspension has also harmed the national team," he added.

Megahed said that players with the clubs' second and third tier teams who are poorly paid have had to look for other sources of income during the suspension.

The Ultras Ahlawy, a group of hardcore football fans who support Cairo's Ahly club, has announced that it will hold a march Tuesday from the Ahly Club to the Journalists Syndicate then will hold a news conference about the Port Said violence, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The group said in statement on its Facebook page Monday that the press conference would disclose information about the 1 February violence, when fans of Port Said's home team, Masry, flooded the pitch and the visiting team's stands following a victory over Ahly, leading to 74 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Some Ultras Ahlawy broke into the team's training session last week and held banners slamming the team's administration and its players for how they dealt with the Port Said issue.

Ahly's administration held a news conference Monday that a few of the martyrs' families attended. Hassan Hamdy, the president of the club, launched an attack on the Ultras Ahlawy during the presser.

"This is an incident that the club has never before witnessed, and it is not acceptable for its fans and its members," Ahly's official website quoted Hamdy as saying.

Hamdy reportedly agreed to make a second financial reimbursement to the martyrs' families before the month of Ramadan.

Edited translations from MENA and Al-Masry Al-Youm

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