Egypt's appeal rejected by FIFA
The Bureau of the FIFA Organising Committee for the World Cup has turned down Egypt's appeal over their World Cup qualifier against Algeria on July 21st 2001.
The Egyptian Football Association had complained about the hostile atmosphere that surrounded that particular match, and the dangers that their players were subjected to.
After studying a video of the incidents, FIFA ruled that none of the missiles had actually struck the players, and so had not affected the outcome of the game.
This may be deemed as harsh on the Egyptian's, as the referee actually had to stop the game for fifteen minutes due to the interruptions.
In a seperate incident, a protest from the Jamaican Football Association over its matches against the United States and Costa Rica was also dismissed. The Jamaicans had protested against the low standard of refereeing.
1st September 2001