Egypt soccer federation president, board resign

Updated: Feb 04, 2012, 21:43 PM IST

Cairo: The president of Egypt`s soccer federation and his board of directors resigned Saturday, having already been fired by the country`s prime minister following the riot at a game that left more than 70 dead.

Egyptian Football Association Samir Zaher also was reportedly banned from leaving Egypt pending an investigation into the country`s worst outburst of soccer violence.

Zaher and his board said in a statement they had "collectively resigned." They were fired by Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri on Thursday following the deadly stadium clashes in a move that could have been seen as government interference, which is not allowed by soccer`s international governing body.

Saturday`s resignations will likely be accepted by FIFA.

Bureau Report