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SBD Global/October 18, 2013/International Football

Libya's Al-Ahly Quits Football League In Protest After Shootings, Threats

Libya's "most popular" football club, Tripoli's Al-Ahly, has "withdrawn in protest from the newly relaunched Libyan Football League after their coach was shot at while at home, players were threatened and star player Mohamed Al-Maghrabi was shot in the arm," according to Mark Baber of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Al-Ahly Chair Sasi Buown said that the club "had pulled out of the league on a temporary basis, with a meeting of players, staff and board members scheduled for Friday." A source at the Libyan Football Federation said, "As far as I know, we have received no official notification of Al-Ahly's withdrawal from the league. But the situation is very tough right now. We are going to be pushing the interior ministry to provide more security for all the teams. Tripoli Al-Ahly is one of the best teams in the country. It will affect the league if they quit. We will try to convince them not to" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/17).
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