Demetriou denies he was pushed out of office.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi calls for a boycott of 우리카지노the football match. (Photo by Reuters)
“I regret that the president of the [International] Football Federation decided that a game between our clubs in a European country could be played on the same day and that the atmosphere was not suitable,” Caid said in a statement.
After announcing the decision, Essebsi was forced to hold a meeting with Tunisian soccer officials in order to explain the decision and clarify whether there would be a boycott.
According to the official Algerian Football Association, a boycott is something “in a sporting context” that is only possible after years of “severe protest actions and boycotts that have been adopted throughout the world.”
This action comes after Algeria’s players claimed that FIFA refused to ban their team from playing in France and England in 2017 after their team refused to shake hands with French president Emmanuel Macron.
Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with TFC’s Amadou Diaou. (Photo by TFC/Handout via REUTERS)
“All football operations [in Algeria] have to be conducted with respect for the national football team, and the federation cannot take part in a game on national field or in a match that doesn’t take place in its name,” said Diaou in response to the players’ allegations of a boycott. “There are no players who can stop us.”
Championship football in the country has historically led to clashes between fans and coaches, but the controversy over the French and English World Cup has not had a positive impact on the game’s popularity.
France and England won the two group games last time the two teams met at the 2014 World Cup, earning a 1-1 draw. France is scheduled to play Belgium in the second round of the tournament, while England will play Croatia at Wembley on Oct. 25.
On Tuesday, a separate action in the city of Douala in the southern region of Abidjan resulted in the arrest of about 150 supporters who blocked a road leading to the final match between the clubs.
Protesters blocked the main highway leading into the stadium. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of supporters, according to Reuters.
There were reports of two arrests as well as injured peopl