Football fans in Cairo queue for tickets to Saturday's World Cup qualifier
A selection of e-mails from BBC readers on the tension ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier match between Algeria and Egypt in Cairo. Four Algerian football players were injured when people threw stones at their team bus as it arrived in Cairo on Thursday evening.
As an Algerian originally from Bejaia, I am really disappointed about the whole issue. Sure there are some idiots on both sides but the majority just want to watch and enjoy the game. Two great nations like Egypt and Algeria should be more civilised than that. If this game is going to jeopardise the historic relations with my Egyptian brothers, to be honest I don't want this World Cup qualification. Good luck for the Pharaohs and Desert Fox and may the best team win.
Athmane Rabouhi, Southsea, UK
I am sorry to hear about this. I am an Egyptian and on behalf of all Egyptians I apologise for this ignorant act and I wish to see a skilful game played on Saturday, yet mostly I hope to see the noble manners of sportsmanship played as this will be the real challenge. God bless the Algerians and the Egyptians who share much more than what they currently acknowledge.
Hoda Elsharkawi, Randolph US
I find this incident highly disappointing as it is clear that these stone throwers were given the freedom to assault the Algerian bus. Knowing that this is a high risk football game with all the history and the tension surrounding it, tight security measures should have been taken by the Egyptian authorities - which was not the case by seeing video footage of the events. I am even more shocked when I read the statement made by the Egyptian authorities denying the incident and accusing the Algerians of making up this story. Hopefully FIFA will take appropriate action.
Hocine Benhamouda, Algiers, Algeria
I will be there watching the match just like I did 20 years ago. It has been a long wait, but victory is near.
Ahmed El Mofty, Cairo, Egypt
This is all nonsense. The Algerians are trying to make FIFA move the game away from Cairo stadium as they are afraid facing 80,000 supporters. We Egyptians are used to all of these Algerian games... the bus driver and police reports said that windows were broken from the inside. If FIFA ever decides to take action and found that the Algerians were liars then they should be banned.
BK, Cairo, Egypt
I am an Algerian living in New Zealand. I will be watching the game on Saturday, it's very sad to see our team being attacked. Egypt was greeted with roses in our country, this will not break our determination it can only make us strong. Fairness will be the winner at the end.
Hamid Loumachi, Auckland, New Zealand
I think all the tension is a result of media pressure in both countries over the last few weeks. Of course I hope that Egypt wins, but at the end it is a football game, the better will win and we will wish him best of luck.
Amr Saafan, Cairo, Egypt
First of all I am not supporting those who meet the match with violence. The best team will qualify and I think Egypt has very good chance to come back and win with more than a two goal difference.
MeNa Reda Herz, Cairo-Egypt
I am not Algerian but happen to be in the Algerian capital this week. There is a frenzy out there in the streets since late Wednesday. The streets are full of noisy fans, 'dressed' in Algerian national colours, hooting their horns well into the early hours. Only managed to steal some sleep after 0200. One does not have to 'parler' French or Arabic to understand the derogatory remarks being made against the Pharaohs. I fear disturbances should Algeria lose. The local media seems to stir the pot as well which doesn't help. Jo Shumba, Algiers, Algeria
I am British but live and work in Cairo. I live near the Algerian Embassy which was surrounded by cheering and chanting supporters all day and night yesterday. A few metres down the road Egyptian fans had set up camp and were competing to be the noisiest. There were lots of police! The atmosphere was semi-friendly with a carnival feel. However I couldn't help but be grateful that the Egyptians don't drink. I would hate to think what would have happened in a similar situation in the UK!
Jamie Gurr, Cairo, Egypt
I am from Algeria. I strongly believe that people should get a grip, it's only a football game, yes I would like Algeria to qualify and win on Saturday (or at least draw). Football should be a means for people to celebrate and unwind, not go crazy and do stupid stuff. I am well aware that the people who caused the incident are no more than a minority... but the Egyptian state should have prevented it happening... I hope both countrymen and team will forget what happened in 1989 and think fair play and provide us with a marvellous watchable game.
I am an Algerian who lives in the UK and a fervent supporter of the Algerian team. It is, however, only a game! It is not life-threatening and should not be allowed to become so. Injuries in the field are sometimes unavoidable but injuries outside the field are not acceptable. I am not necessarily referring to the injuries that four of the Algerian players had outside their hotel. I am referring to injuries caused to people's feelings. For people will forget what you do or say but may never forget how you made them feel. So let everyone enjoy the great football party and go home feeling that the best won!
Prof Kamal Bechkoum, Bedford, UK
It's sad how negative everyone is about this game. The tension is just too much to handle for me as a fan, so I can't imagine how the players are handling it. It's hard, but I have a feeling that our players will handle the pressure and win this decider. They know that 80 million Egyptians are rooting for them. This match has got to be about qualifying for the World Cup, and not about beating the Algerians.
Khaled Fawzy, Cairo, Egypt
I won't watch the game; too much stress to take. The truth is that the Algerians destroyed their bus, but also I am sure if the Algerians win the game, they won't leave Cairo safely. I hope it'll end safely, and the better team should win, but all the blame should be given to the media in both countries which made a football game look like a military battle!
Moataz Attallah, Egyptian living in the UK
What is written in this article is completely false, I am an airline pilot and I was at the airport, and all that is reported by the Algerian team is a complete lie. Egypt provided fantastic security for the Algerian team, and due to a little confrontation, which did not result in any injuries to the Algerian team, the Algerians decided to destroy the bus that the Egyptian FA provided for them. I think that the Algerian team are an absolute disgrace, and I must say that the Egyptian police force did more than any other country would have done. Well done Egypt, shame on Algeria.
Mido, Cairo, Egypt
I am from Algeria and will be watching the match with friends. If there is a chance that there will be trouble then the match should be played without any fans present. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable from either sets of fans.
Tahar Bensissi, England
The Algerian claim is false: the Egyptian police revealed the truth on what happened yesterday with Algeria's bus, the bus driver reported that the damage came from inside the bus, in other words from the Algerian squad themselves. They created this fake scenario to mislead people and to appear innocent, as well as to disturb the Egyptian squad or get the game cancelled or played in another country.
Mohamed Salah, Egypt
I am Algerian, yes I will be watching the match and hope Algeria goes through. I have one question for this attack on our players: they say Egypt has the best security in the Arab world so why didn't the security protect our players?
Those mainly responsible for this chaos are the Egyptian media who have driven the youth for a month. As for the game, it would be good if FIFA disqualified both teams and replaced them with Zambia.
Salemi Moh, Tiaret Algeria
I'm supporting the Algerian team as I'm Algerian. I did follow most of the Algerians' games and I think this new team has very good future with the new youngsters' talents. Many good players are in English, French and German clubs. I'm very disappointed at what happened on Thursday when the Algerian team arrived. In the end it's just a game and the best must win.
Mohamed Bachir, Scotland, UK
I am from Algeria, and I don't see the point of all this hysteria. Right now, if I was a player in the team that got attacked, I would not want to play the game against 80,000 Egyptian supporters. Especially because there is a higher chance that Algeria will qualify, which will result in trouble after the game, and the security officials will not be able to stop 80,000 supporters showing their frustration.
Jalil, Southampton, UK
I think that Egypt are desperate to go to World Cup and that they know scoring two goals is practically impossible, that is why that trying to destabilise the Algerian team prior to the match, but I do not think they will succeed.
Mohseine, Oran Algeria
I am Algerian, and hopefully will be watching the Saturday's game. The tension surrounding it beggars belief. It is just a game of football and at the end of the day one team will reach the World Cup, and I hope the best team will. To get to the point of trying to hurt players that are guests of Egypt (a great nation) is just unacceptable.
A B, London, UK