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GFA Notify FIFA of Algerian Terrorist Threats

Jun 17, 2008, 7:43 AM | Article By: By Sainabou Kujabi

The Gambia Football Association has written a letter of notification to the world football governing body, FIFA, following several threats made to the Scorpions  by some Algerian players  during the Gambia and Algeria clash last weekend in Banjul.

According to a fax addressed to the FIFA General Secretary by the GFA, the threats were made by certain Algerian players who claimed to be terrorists.

Below is the full text of the notification letter signed by the Secretary General of the Gambia Football Association Jammeh EK Bojang and copied to CAF General Secretary.

We regret to inform you that during The Gambia/Algeria match played on June 14, 2008 at the Independence Stadium, several threats were made to our players by certain Algerian players who claimed to be 'terrorists'.

Our player, Ousman Jallow, was confronted during the match by two Algerian players wearing numbers 17 and 4 who threatened to bomb our hotel in Algiers during the return match this coming weekend. These players labeled themselves as 'terrorists' swearing to 'kill' Ousman Jallow and members of the Gambian delegation. As a National Association, we would not want to take this threat lightly since player 17 was quoted saying " you know we are terrorists." As a consequence, we are writing to inform you of these threats so that precautionary measures can be taken to safeguard the well-being of our national delegation in Algeria.

 Whilst soliciting your prompt consideration of these threats, we thank you for your co-operation and support.