Al Masry forfeit from Ismaily game amid COVID-19 crisis

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- Yasmine El Tohamy - Al Masry have failed to show up for their Egyptian Premier League encounter against Ismaily due to their ongoing COVID-19 crisis at the club.

The Port-Said side had announced that 22 members at the club, including players and staff, were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

However, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) refused to postpone their clash with Ismaily and announced that the fixture will go ahead as scheduled.

Following the EFA’s announcement, Al Masry’s vice chairman then threatened to withdraw from their game against Ismaily due to a lack of available senior players in their squad.

And on Friday, Ismaily’s players and staff along with matchday officials waited for Al Masry to show up at Borg El-Arab stadium as they gave the referee no choice but to award Ismaily a 2-0 win and all three points.

It’s worth mentioning that a similar incident occurred this season back in February when Zamalek withdrew from the Cairo derby against Al Ahly.

The White Knights were then sanctioned by the EFA getting three points deducted from their points tally.

Al Masry could be facing a similar fate now as they sit 11th in the Egyptian Premier League table with 20 points after 18 games played.

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