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Al-Nasr withdraw from league match ‘in solidarity’ with Egyptian soldiers
Al-Nasr forfeited their matchday 37 league fixture against Arab Contractors, in a move the club termed as solidarity towards the 17 Egyptian soldiers’ lives lost in the ‘Sinai terror attack’, following clashes with IS-affiliated militants on 1st July, 2015.
The boycott was led by the coach and joined to by the players. Al-Nasr had participated in the pre-match warm-ups and even commemorated the mandatory one-minute silence but didn’t play the match. The referee, Nabil Mabrouk, was forced to cancel the match after Al-Nasr didn’t show up in 20 minutes as FIFA dictates go.
EFA’s head of competitions committee, in response to these events said Al-Nasr will be docked 3 points and will part with a fine when they next take the field. He warned of further consequences should they boycott more fixtures, “If Nasr do not play their upcoming games they’ll get relegated to the lowest division plus receive one-year sporting ban.”
The club through their representative assured that they will participate in the league and cup fixtures as expected.
“We forfeited out of solidarity with the Egyptians who lost their lives today,” said Al-Nasr official Amr Abdel-Hak.
“We will continue participating in league and cup fixtures normally,” he added.
Al-Nasr currently lie 18th on the log with 32 points and already relegated, though they appear to have struck some decent form towards the end of the season.