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Tunisian league to re-start following revolution

Club Africain players in December 2010
There has been no league action in Tunisia since January

League football in Tunisia will re-start on 17 April after a gap of three months.

The league was suspended in January following political protests which ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The move follows a similar decision in Egypt, where league action will resume on Wednesday.

A previous bid to get the Tunisian league going again was cancelled last month because of security fears.

But the footballing authorities and security services have now agreed that games can go ahead and that fans will be allowed into matches.

Two African Champions League matches have taken place in Tunisia since the revolution but no league games - prompting fears that clubs could be driven out of business.

Last week in Cairo, the Champions League match between Tunisia's Club Africain and Egypt's Zamalek was called off after a pitch invasion by Zamalek fans.

Despite the trouble, Egyptian authorities decided that to continue with the suspension of the league would put too much financial pressure on sports clubs.

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