Ghana wants neutral venue for WCup playoff

Oct 08, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT
In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Egyptian security forces and civilians detain a supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi near Ramsis Square, in Cairo. Deadly clashes left dozens dead and scores injured as rival crowds of supporters of the military and backers of Morsi poured into streets around the country on Sunday, as a holiday marking the anniversary of the last war with Israel turned into a showdown between the country's two rival camps.
AP Photo/El-Shorouk Newspaper, Sabry Khaled

ZURICH (AP) — Ghana wants a neutral venue for next month's crucial World Cup playoff against Egypt, saying it's too dangerous to play in Cairo.

The Ghana Football Federation says in a letter to FIFA that the venue should be changed because of the "alarming and fast deteriorating security situation in Egypt."

At least 51 people were killed in riots in Cairo last weekend linked to the ousting of elected state president Mohammed Morsi.

The GFA says some of its players expressed "grave concern over their safety for the match."

Egypt is scheduled to host Ghana in Cairo on Nov. 19 in the second leg to decide which country advances to next year's tournament in Brazil. The first leg is Oct. 15 in Kumasi.

The GFA notes that Egyptian authorities have barred spectators from football matches for the past two years.