Egypt: Village changes name after Algerian clashes

Cairo, 1 Dec. (AKI) - An Egyptian village called al-Jaza'ir, which means Algeria in Arabic, has decided to change its name after recent clashes between the two countries in an elimination match for the 2010 World Cup in November.

Egypt was eliminated from advancing to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after Algeria's win in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Residents of the village located in the Wadi al-Jadid district, in southwest Egypt, have asked local authorities to rename the village Mubarak al-misriyin in honour of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The name means 'Mubarak for Egyptians'.

According to a report in the local newspaper, 'al-Ahram', the proposal was immediately endorsed by local authorities as a "nationalist gesture".

Egypt's national football team threatened to pull out of international competitions after complaining to football's highest body, FIFA, over the behaviour of Algerian fans, following the team's victory over Egypt in Sudan.

"Egyptian fans, officials and players put their lives at risk before and after the game, under threat from weapons, knives, swords and flares. We have stated most seriously in the complaint to FIFA to restore moral discipline to the world of football."

After the match many clashes were reported in Cairo and Algiers. Hundreds of people took to the streets and headed to Cairo's upscale neighbourhood of Zamalek where the Algerian embassy is located.

The Egyptian fans did not reach the embassy and instead damaged cars and stores in the area.


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