Egyptian court disbands football association board

An Egyptian court Sunday dissolved the board of the country’s football association due to flawed elections more than three years ago, state television reported.

The decision by the Supreme Administrative Court was in response to lawsuits filed by two people who unsuccessfully contested the association’s October 2012 vote.

The claimants alleged vote rigging, according to the broadcaster.

There were conflicting reports about the strength of Sunday’s verdict.

State television said that the association would appeal the ruling.

But the state-run newspaper Al Ahram Online said that the verdict is final.

The disputed board’s term was originally due to end later this year, with new elections set for September.

Football is Egypt’s main sport. However, it has been hit by the fallout of the political unrest in the country following the 2011 uprising.

In February 2012, 74 people were killed in a stadium riot, marking Egypt’s worst football tragedy. 

Local football games are held behind closed doors while fans are allowed to attend regional matches amid tight security.

Last update: Sun, 27/03/2016 - 21:17

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