Egyptian authorities have moved to tone down the rhetoric in the buildup to Thursday's Egypt-Algeria semifinal at the Africa Cup of Nations, a rematch of last fall's World Cup qualifying matches
that sparked rioting in Egypt and Algeria.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit
and his Algerian counterpart are working to head off disputes
between fans of both countries at the game in Angola.
National Sports Council chief Hassan Saqr
called upon Egyptian soccer federation head Samir
to "tone down" his patriotic rhetoric so as not to incite violence.
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