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Op-ed review: Political rehabilitation, Ismaili’s crowd trouble

Columnists remarked on several topics in Sunday’s newspapers issues including a process of political rehabilitation in the era of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Ismailia’s match crowd trouble. Yasser Rezk, the board chairperson of the daily state-owned Al-Akhbar, suggested that if Egyptians want a sustainable, stable, and democratic political regime based on the concept of …

Fatma Lotfi

The economics of football championships between fans and coffee shops 

Since the 2006, 2008, and 2010 African Cup of Nations, football became very important to Egyptians, as the country won the title three times in a row. Egyptians are very keen and excited to watch football matches with friends or family. Moreover, they prefer to watch the matches while having hot drinks and smoking shisha …

Hisham Salah

Turkish match fixing: A precursor to corruption scandal rocking the government

By James M. Dorsey When Aziz Yildirim, the head of Turkey’s foremost soccer club, Fenerbahce SK, recently denounced an appeals court decision upholding his conviction in a massive match fixing scandal, he drew a parallel with a construction-related corruption scandal that is rocking the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and pitting the country’s …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s banning of soccer fans from matches likely to boomerang

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian authorities have expanded the ban on fans attending matches to include international as well as domestic matches in a bid to prevent violence that is likely to backfire and spark renewed incidents in a country reeling from economic decline, widespread discontent and lack of confidence in the government and law …

Daily News Egypt

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