FIFA Urged to Investigate Discrimination

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A Coptic advocacy group is urging FIFA to investigate discrimination against Christian footballers in Egypt.

Coptic Solidarity said it filed complaints with FIFA and the International Olympics Committee in 2016 but received no response.

The group said the Egyptian teams at the London and Rio Olympic were devoid of Copts – and the same applies to the World Cup in Russia.

Of the 540 players in the country’s top soccer clubs, there is only one Coptic footballer.

European journalists investigating the complaints prompted FIFA to call Coptic Solidarity.

On June 17 the group submitted details of widespread discrimination against Copts and testimonies by moderate Muslims.

Coptic Solidarity is urging FIFA to launch a thorough investigation and to pressure the Egyptian government to take action.

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