January 27, 2011 / 6:15 PM / in 7 years

Soccer-Egypt postpones next round of league matches

CAIRO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Egypt’s next round of premier league matches have been postponed, the country’s Football Association (EFA) said on Thursday as a wave of anti-government protests ran into a third day.

The EFA did not give any reason for the decision after announcing on its website that the games scheduled for Friday and Saturday had been cancelled.

Egyptian police fought protesters in two cities in eastern Egypt on Thursday and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei headed back to the country to join demonstrators trying to oust President Hosni Mubarak. [ID:nLDE70Q009]

In Ismailia, where one of the games was scheduled, hundreds of protesters clashed with police, who dispersed the crowds with tear gas.

A planned protest on Friday, the Egyptian weekend, has been called for by online activists and opposition groups. A Facebook page dedicated to the protest has gained more than 77,000 online supporters in about 24 hours.

The statement said the matches would be rescheduled for a later date.

Reporting by Emad Abdallah; Writing by Dina Zayed; Editing by Ken Ferris; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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