Egypt Foils Plot to Attack Israeli Soccer Coach

Ghana's Israeli headcoach Avram Grant looks on during the International Friendly football match between Senegal and Ghana on March 28, 2015 at the Oceane stadium, in Le Havre, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: The Egypt Football Association uncovered a plan by extremist local fans to attack Ghana national soccer team’s Israeli coach Avram Grant (pictured) during a November 13 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Egypt.

Angry fans sent messages to the Egyptian regulatory body, threatening to harm the Israeli coach during the match in Alexandria, Ghanaian media reported Sunday, citing Egyptian sources.

According to the Egypt Football Association, fans plotted to harass and abuse Grant from the time he arrived at the airport until he left the country. They also demanded that Egyptian authorities block the 61-year-old coach, who also has Polish citizenship, from entering the country.

“They plan to hurt him and chant at him, and they want him not to enter Egyptian territory because people don’t want him around,” a source at the Egypt Football Association told Ghanaian online portal “Sports Obama”.

Grant has recently voiced concerns that Alexandria will not be a safe place to hold the match, and called for it to be relocated to another country.

 

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