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Lemmouchia unhappy game was played

Algeria's Khaled Lemmouchia
Algeria's Khaled Lemmouchia played against Egypt with a head injury

Algeria's Khaled Lemmouchia says that Fifa should have postponed Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Egypt.

His call came after three Algerian players were hurt on Thursday when their bus was stoned as they travelled to their hotel in Cairo.

Egypt won the game 2-0 force a play-off to decide who will go to South Africa.

"Allowing this game to go ahead was recklessness," Lemmouchia, one of the players injured, told French sports newspaper L'Equipe on Monday.

"I can tell you that in our side, some players were pallid, others were like paralysed before the game," added Lemmouchia.

"We are human beings, we have families, fears and joys, just like everybody and Fifa let us play in that context.

"We did play that game with players injured. I had three stitches on my scalp and nobody asked me if it was of any discomfort.

"What do you think would have happened if Egyptians had been attacked like that in Algiers?

"They would have turned back and asked for a walkover and they would have got it."

The attack prompted football's world governing body to ask Egypt for written guarantees confirming additional security measures to protect the Algerian squad.

Egypt and Algeria are already in Khartoum ahead of Wednesday's play-off game to decide Africa's final qualifier for the 2010 World Cup.

Substitute Emad Moteab's header five minutes into stoppage time ensured the two nations finished level at the top of Group C, forcing the sudden-death playoff.



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African World Cup qualifiers
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