July 5, 2022

AFCON 2021: CAF slaps Egypt with hefty fines

By Allan Damba
Action between Egypt and Morocco at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations | CAF Image

The CAF Disciplinary Board has imposed a huge fine of $100,000, with $50,000 suspended, to the Egypt Football Association (EFA) for violating the Africa Cup of Nations media protocols and directives.

This followed Egypt’s failure to honour a media press conference on January 29 ahead of their match against Morocco in the quarterfinals at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

It is an obligation at the 2021 Cameroon AFCON for all the participating teams to meet the media personnel but Egypt did not honour it despite the journalists waiting for two hours, hence the strong action from the continental football governing body.

“Egypt FA have 60 days to pay the $50,000 USD fine,” partly read the CAF statement via Cafonline.com.

“The other 50,000 USD is suspended on the condition that Egypt FA are not found guilty with a similar offence during the Total Energies African Cup Of Nations, Cameroon 2021.”

“As a result of the team failing to observe CAF’s Decisions and Directives as agreed at the pre-tournament teams’ associations media and marketing meeting and further amplified by the documentation and Directives given to them upon their arrival to Cameroon.”

Egypt will play hosts Cameroon in the semifinals on Thursday at the Paul Biya Stadium, Olembe.

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