Tunisia crisis delays football league kick-off

TUNIS, Aug 20, 2013 (AFP)

The Tunisian football federation announced on Tuesday that the start of the new league had been postponed after clubs resisted plans to hold closed matches due to the political crisis.

“Following the demands of the League 1 clubs meeting today… it was decided to delay the start of the 2013-2104 season to a later date,” the FTF said in a statement, without giving a reason for the decision.

 The championship had been due to start on Thursday.

 The clubs have in recent weeks demanded financial compensation following a decision by the interior ministry to hold closed matches for the first days of the championship, due to the political crisis plaguing the country since the assassination of an opposition MP last month.

A loose coalition of opposition parties is planning nationwide protests this weekend in a bid to bring down the government led by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda.

At the beginning of August the interior ministry said it was unable to supervise the matches and multiple demonstrations at the same time.

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