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Wadi Degla chairman threatens to withdraw from league

Maged Samy
Photo: Lierse S.K.

Wadi Degla chairman, , has threatened to withdraw his side from the if they are forced to resume the season by the .

Due to the coronavirus, all football activities have been suspended since mid-March. And under a week ago Egypt’s Sports Minister, Ashraf Sobhi’s, announced the country’s decision to resume the league on July 25th.

READ: EFA reveal precautionary measures ahead of league resumption

This sparked many discussions among many club officials, with clubs such as Al Masry and Ismaily publicly denouncing the decision, while Al Ahly supported it.

As a result, a meeting between the presidents of all Egyptian Premier League clubs and the EFA took place in order to discuss the league’s resumption.

Talking to Sada El-Balad TV, Wadi Degla chairman Maged Samy revealed what was said in the meeting and said that he’s prepared to withdraw from the tournament if the EFA enforce this decision.

“The EFA meeting was on one hand very positive part and on the other very negative part. The final result of the meeting showed the FA’s inconsistency,” said Samy.

“The positive aspect of the meeting was that they assured us that they’ll change many regulations and decided to establish a clubs association. While the negative part was when we discussed the league’s cancellation.

“They told us we’ll have to play whether we like it or not. This creates a lot of contradiction as they claim they want clubs to make the decision by creating an association and then force us to continue the league.

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“Degla won’t complete the season even if they decide to relegate us. Our responsibility is to protect the players and the staff, I don’t care about relegation.

“I don’t mind if Al Ahly are crowned champions. Mortada [Zamalek president] changed his mind regarding crowning Al Ahly because he realized that either way he wouldn’t reach an agreement.

“Al Ahly still want to continue the league, that’s why Mortada changed his mind.

“El-Khatib [Al Ahly president] understood why Wadi Degla can’t resume the league when I explained to him the financial reasons behind our stance,” he added.

Samy then explained how the league’s resumption would heavily affect his club financially, like many clubs who currently participate in the competition.

“Degla spends EGP100 million in football activities every year and we earn EGP30 million, meaning we lose EGP70 million each year.

“These costs are made up for by our social activities which have been on halt for many months now. So wed don’t have any source of income and our reserves were spent on paying salaries.

“I’m thinking of cancelling all football activities at Wadi Degla if they force us to play so that I don’t take part in this crime,” he concluded.

As of yesterday, Friday June 19th, there have been 52 211 confirmed cases in Egypt and the number of people infected on a daily basis keeps increasing. There have also been over 2000 deaths.

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