Thursday 01 April 2021
Ahmed Mujahid, head of the temporary committee that runs the Football Association, revealed the scenes of the chaos that occurred during the exit of Mohamed Salah, the English player, from Cairo Stadium, after the Comoros match.
A number of young men stormed the grounds of Cairo Stadium to take pictures with Mohamed Salah in a scene that sparked controversy after Egypt’s victory over Comoros 4-0 in the African qualifiers.
Mujahid said in statements to “Al-Shams” channel, “All the extra numbers that were present in the stadium of Cairo Stadium, we do not know anything about it, and we do not know how they were in the stadium.”
He continued, “We did not have any keys to any gate in the stadium, there was a leak and there are people who entered through the fences illegally.”
He added, “That same group leaked and were present in the November matches, but Salah was not there.”
“The Football Association is responsible, of course, because we were not in control of the situation completely. The organization of the match should have been completely under our responsibility,” he added.
And he continued, “The Football Association handed over the security authorities a list of the names of the persons allowed to attend the match. There was a private security company present and the stadium security and the security men, but admitted that there is an organizational deficiency.”
He stressed, “There was a private security individual and the story of filming was alerted, a private guard for Mohamed Salah, but the security coordinator of the responsible company did not know this person, so he was taken out of the stadium and could not enter the stadium until a late moment to prevent what happened with Salah.”
“This story will not be repeated in the future, and we will fully organize the scene,” he concluded. “The scene was not appropriate. Salah in this camp was at his best, both technically and psychologically.”