January 26, 2008 (KUMASI, Ghana) — Sudan players were involved in an “ugly incident” with an Egyptian television crew at the African Nations Cup finals on Friday, crew members said.
Hossam Mansour, an Egyptian TV producer, said that the crew had been trying to interview Sudan officials.
“We were arguing with Sudanese officials when the Sudan players suddenly arrived…our cameras were destroyed,” Mansour told Reuters.
Adham el-Kamouny, an Egyptian TV presenter, said that the incident “was very ugly”.
The crew said they would report the incident to the Confederation of African Football.
A BBC reporter who witnessed the fracas said two journalists were arguing with the Sudanese officials before the Sudan players “waded in”.
“Several players manhandled the cameraman before they were eventually ushered into the hotel and the door shut,” BBC reporter Richard Connolly told the BBC Web site (bbc.co.uk)
“The rumpus continued outside where hotel security and a number of Ghana police became involved with one of the police officers holding his gun in the air in an attempt to quell the trouble…it was only when the team bus departed for training three or four minutes later that things became calm,” Connolly was quoted as saying.
Sudan meet Egypt in their Group C match in Kumasi on Saturday.