Algeria says football players attacked in Cairo

Published November 12th, 2009 - 09:41 GMT

The Algerian government said four football players from the national team were injured Thursday when their bus was attacked by Egyptian fans upon arrival in Cairo for a World Cup qualifier.

 

The two teams last met 20 years ago in a match that led to riots. Egypt won that game 1-0.

 

In Thursday's attack, one player was hospitalized and three others were injured, Algerian communication minister Azzedine Mihoubi told state radio. According to him, the players were riding in their bus from Cairo International Airport to their hotel when they were attacked.

 

An Egyptian police official denied that Algerian team members were hurt. He said security forces overpowered local fans who tried to throw stones at the arriving members of the Algerian squad. Emotional Egyptian fans waited for the Algerians outside the airport but police managed to prevent them from hurling stones, the official said, according to the AP.

 

 

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